Last week I was lucky enough to join the Adafruit Show and Tell live show. If you haven’t seen it before- each week Adafruit hosts multiple live shows and G+ hangout for makers, inventors and hobbyists. I was even lucky enough to become the thumbnail for their video:
If you didn’t catch the video you can see it here:
As well during the following Adafruit Ask an Engineer show LadyAda (Limor) mentioned the projects in a quick recap here:
Finally after some delay I was able to compile the 20+ Gigs of video into an under 5 minute flight. We could not have been happier with the results despite having simultaneous dual system tracking failure and missing our target altitude by about 20,000 feet.
All systems were recovered and can be re-used along with our newly acquired knowledge. The next flight will be even better.
Last night I tried my first YouTube live broadcast and it was amazing! I got to spend an hour with a few subscribers/members of the mkme.org community and had a blast!
I learned a few things about my settings and hardware so I decided to try it again this coming Monday at 7:00 pm Eastern time. During this broadcast I will do the draw for the 3D printed case giveaway live on the air- with a small surprise announcement.
hope you can join! Post a comment on the event if you would like to join the hangout live on the air. You can always watch the broadcast live on G+ or YouTube as well.
Here is the giveaway info if you haven’t entered already:
This morning I decided to fire up the ultra cheap software defined radio (DVB-T dongle) so my PC could grab some weather satellite photos from the NOAA satellites.
If you haven’t heard- you can now buy a $10 USB device which functions as an all band radio receiver. Tonnes of freeware programs now exist to work with these signals. One fun use is decoding the weather images directly from the satellites. It is really a simple process and your PC can stitch together multiple images to cover a large portion of any area.
Here is a composite image which is actually 3 satellite passes today which were automatically stitched together and displayed. Not too bad for a $10 USB stick 🙂
I am using a commercial QFH antenna but you can easily make your own as well. If you haven’t already- check out my videos on the cheap software defined radios- the number of things we can receive is quite incredible!
Here is the website which my receiver automatically updates when I have it configured to receive the NOAA images.