New NASA Deputy Administrator is a Radio Ham


Prof. Dava Newman KB1HIK being sworn in as NASA Deputy Administrator - Credit MIT Prof. Dava Newman KB1HIK being sworn in as NASA Deputy Administrator – Credit MIT

Prof. Dava Newman KB1HIK was sworn in as NASA Deputy Administrator on May 15 from her MIT office.

Her appointment had been confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (formerly KE4IQB) said, “I am delighted with the Senate confirmation of Dr. Dava Newman to be the deputy administrator of NASA. The strong bipartisan support Dr. Newman received in the Senate is a reflection of her well-earned reputation and renown as a global leader in science and technology research and policy.”

Newman is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and of engineering systems. On the MIT faculty since 1993, she directs the Institute’s Technology and Policy Program and MIT Portugal Program, and is co-director of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Man Vehicle Laboratory. She is a Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences…

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That First Radio


VX-8DR – APRS Version of the VX-8R

That first radio should do everything. Many hams get involved in emergency communications activities only to find out that what they had selected when they entered into the hobby is inadequate. Remembering such a decision myself, I recalled times when receiving other services would had been handy. This radio does it and so much more.

The VX-8DR APRS®/GPS/Bluetooth® Handheld Transceiver is an additional version of the VX-8R that includes not only its solid features and specifications but also new expanded APRS® capabilities to meet the needs of even the most active APRS® user. The VX-8DR has the same appearance as the VX-8R and uses the very same accessories.

The Yaesu VX-8R HT provides a full 5 watts FM on 50/144/430 MHz plus 1.5 watts on 222 MHz. It supports Bluetooth® hands-free operation with the optional BU-1 and BH-1 or BH-2 accessories. There is also an optional GPS unit and antenna with lots of features. This radio supports APRS 1200/9600 bps data communication (B band only). Like the VX7R, the VX8R is submersible and meets IPX57 specifications (3 feet for minimum of 30 minutes).

I am a fan of rugged mil-spec radios, especially those which are rated as submersible. The reason is, many times, emergency work is due to weather. Having equipment failures due to moisture is very common. Keep this in mind for everything that you purchase. Your equipment cannot be just as good as theirs… But better!


Seven Years Later…

I started this blog seven years ago for my Amateur Radio activities. Obviously, it fell by the wayside. I have recovered this account to facilitate them. I am not currently teaching any Amateur Radio classes now, but plan to do so in the near future.



For everyone who will be attending my Amateur Radio licensing classes, this is where to find the latests news. Even though many of the events will be listed in the Legion’s news, you will find it here first.