NOAA-15 – Guillermo

Guillermo has weakened to a tropical depression as of late Thursday afternoon (Hawaii time). The center of Guillermo was located about 140 miles east-northeast of Honolulu, Hawaii. The tropical storm watch that was in effect for Hawaii was discontinued Wednesday. The flash flood watch was also discontinued.

Storm downgraded to Tropical storm. Still plenty strong. Should go just north of us. Tomorrow will be exciting (maybe).
Robert NH7WN

NOAA-15 – Hurricane Guillermo

Large swells traveling ahead of Guillermo will build over the Hawaiian islands on Sunday and Monday, August 2 and 3. Surf will steadily build along east facing shores and will become large and life threatening on August 3. Weakening is expected through the next five days.


Aloha all,
Looks like the storm is going to hit us dead center. They say it is slowing down a bit which is good.
Robert NH7WN

NOAA-15 Hurricane Guillermo

Hurricane Guillermo is 845 miles east southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. It is moving west northwest at 13 mph.
Guillermo is a Category 2 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds remain near 105 mph with higher gusts. Slow weakening is expected during the next couple of days, but Guillermo is forecast to remain a hurricane through Monday.


Looks like we might have a close one….
Robert NH7WN

NOAA-18 APT issues

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I just talked with NOAA and we are looking at a possible issue with the VTX transmitter or a connection to the on board QFH antenna. There is a noticeable drop in power from 5 watts to 2. I will post an update as soon as engineering can take a look at it as well as to discuss any recovery efforts if needed.
Steven Ross

Update 13 Dec:
APT data has returned to normal operations. Problem may have something to do with interference from another subsystem on board the spacecraft. Engineers are looking into the problem. Next report on this matter will not come until January 3rd when the engineering team will return from holiday break.