Saturday, April 1, 2006
Got up early after the fire department meeting last night to go to the AES Superfest on Good Hope Rd. in Milwaukee. Gordon West gave an animated discussion on how increases in GPS technology have impacted HAM radio in a positve way. Even though he was pressed for time, had to catch a flight back to California; he took the time to play tapes of older GPS signals. The current state of GPS technology began on June 26, 1993. On that date, the U.S. Air Force launched the 24th NavStar satellite into orbit, completing a network of 24 satellites known as the Global Positioning System, or GPS. With a GPS receiver that costs less than a few hundred dollars you can instantly learn your location on the planet--your latitude, longitude, and even altitude--to within a few hundred feet.
I found a vendor at the Superfest that sells hats for $15 and will embroider them at no additional fee. So I just had to get my call sign put on a hat.
The American Red Cross' Response Technology Team (RTT) has a pretty SWEET rig, a totally pimped out Ford Excursion.