Monthly Archives: April 2012

Trivia Question 4/26/12 – SS Ideal X

Ideal X56 years ago today, on April 26, 1956, the ship SS Ideal X made her maiden voyage from Port Newark, New Jersey to Port of Houston, Texas, becoming the first ship to do something.


What is so special about the SS Ideal X?

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Trivia Question 4/19/12 – A Day on Venus

The Solar SystemWe are accustomed to thinking of a day as 24 hours. However, that definition is a narrow one that only applies to our own planet. A day is the length of time it takes for a planet to complete one rotation on its axis – 360°. On Earth, that’s 24 hours.  But, since all of the planets rotate at different speeds, the length of a day on each one differs.

The planet with the longest day is Venus.


In Earth time, how long is a day on Venus?

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Trivia Question 4/12/12 – Space Shuttles

Space Shuttle LaunchOn this date in history… Today marks the anniversary of the very first launch of a Space Shuttle. On April 12, 1981 the Columbia was launched from the Kennedy Space Center beginning 30 years of shuttle fights.


In all, from the first flight in 1981 to its retirement in 2011, how many Space Shuttle launches were there?

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Amateurs Must Protect New Radars in 23 cm Band

FAA LogoThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is deploying a new generation of Common Air Route Surveillance Radar (CARSR) that has some implications for the use of the 1240-1300 MHz (23 cm) band by amateurs. The Amateur Service allocation in this band is on a secondary basis, with aeronautical radionavigation and several other services primary in the United States Table of Frequency Allocations. The FCC rules require that amateur stations operating in the 23 cm band may not cause harmful interference to stations in the radionavigation-satellite service, the aeronautical radionavigation service, the Earth exploration-satellite service (active) or the space research service (active). One case of harmful interference in Southern California has been reported.

CARSRs are being installed in several dozen locations throughout the country and will use various frequencies in the 1240-1350 MHz range with an occupied bandwidth of about 3 MHz. In the vicinity of the radars, amateur operation may be precluded in a portion of the 23 cm band. The ARRL is in contact with FAA engineers. We anticipate that the constraints on amateur use of the band will be limited to those necessary to protect aviation safety, which of course cannot be compromised.

Source: ARRL