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Last Post 19 Oct 2010 06:43 PM by  Pat Reiff
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18 Oct 2010 11:32 AM

    steve (r)

    do any of you fly rc aircraft, or cars for fun?

    Tags: amateur radio, ionosphere, ham radio

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    18 Oct 2010 02:33 PM

    Hi Steve,

    I don't fly remote-controlled aircraft or cars, but my grandfather and my uncle used to build model airplanes and boats. I thought they were really neat.


    A professor here at the University of Iowa once told me a funny story about how his interest in radio-controlled airplanes helped him get his first student job in the space sciences working with James Van Allen, the scientist who discovered the Earth's radiation belts. Having experience with electronics, either from taking classes in school or a hobby, can be a big help to people working on instruments for sounding rockets or satellites.

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    19 Oct 2010 06:43 PM
    I don't fly radio controlled airplanes, but I am a ham radio operator. My call sign is W5TAR, and I have talked to people around the world. I'm also teaching a ham radio class this semester. It's easy, fun, and there's no cost per hour to operate, and you meet friends everywhere. When the Sun is very weak like it has been recently, it's difficult to make a long-distance contact (you bounce your signal off of the ionosphere), but the Sun is coming back and the radio transmission is getting better. YEA!!!
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