Chasing RFI Waves – Part Seven

Here is part seven (the final part) of my non-fiction work about the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia. You can also read parts one, two, three, four, five and six. The NRAO fleet The cars used on the NRAO campus are different from what you might expect. You'll see photos of them below, and in case you're [...]

Chasing RFI Waves – Part Six

Here is part six of my non-fiction work about the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. You can also read parts one, two, three, four, five and seven. Tidbits The NRAO site is around 2,700 acres. It runs along the crest of the adjoining mountains. One big current problem, that will only get bigger in time, are wireless routers folks [...]

Chasing RFI Waves – Part Five

Here is part five of my non-fiction work about the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. You can also read parts one, two, three, four, six and seven. Senator Robert Byrd Senator Byrd (1917-2010) was a consummate politician. He was from a very poor state – West Virginia. He served in the Senate for [...]

Chasing RFI Waves – Part Four

Here is part four of my non-fiction work about the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. You can also read parts one, two, three, five, six and seven. A Walk Through the Jansky Lab This is the place at NRAO where all of the circuitry is put together for the observatory. It was named after Karl Jansky. First, let's understand [...]

Chasing RFI Waves – Part Three

Here is part three of my non-fiction work about the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. You can also read parts one, two, four, five, six and seven. Chasing the Interference Wesley Sizemore's job at NRAO is to safeguard the NRQZ (National Radio Quiet Zone). As such, he is made aware of any RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) to the work being done at NRAO, [...]

Chasing RFI Waves – Part Two

Here is part two of "Chasing RFI Waves", my unfinished non-fiction work about the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. You can also read parts one, three, four, five, six and seven. So, how in the world can they get these weak signals? How can they see them over the man-made noise? There are certain requirements whose details are given below. A quiet [...]

Chasing RFI Waves – Part One

Updated 5/25/19: I have published a re-edited digital edition of "Chasing RFI Waves" which is available on the Apple Books and Google Play online stores. Check it out!  Back in 2005, I started writing what I'd planned to be a non-fiction book about NRAO (the National Radio Astronomy Observatory), based on visits, photos and interviews [...]

Marine mammals, underwater sounds and shipping noise

A neat talk by Peter Tyack at TED, entitled "The Intriguing Sound of Marine Mammals", in which he explains the effect of human noise on the sounds made by marine mammals, and what's being done to correct the situation. A few tidbits: Better propeller designs decrease propeller noise by up to 90% Insulating the engine [...]