Hurricane Matthew, 2016
Sorry, No report
|It's like I always told my mother, "Don't worry about me during a hurricane, I'll be in a safe, warm Red Cross shelter working ham radios". As an example of how this works, is my old report on working ham radios in Homestead FL following Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Ozzie's Hurricane Andrew Report (HTML)|
Ozzie's Hurricane Andrew Report (PDF)
|I'm probably going to take heat for this, but I don't think of ham operators as "First Responders", we're "First Supporters". We move in where comms are down, and information can't get to where it's needed. That's what ham radio is for following a disaster, natural or man made. It's just that in the case of a huricane where you can see the problems coming, we get to set up early, and are there to provide the communications when the regular services go down. |
Cell towers aren't expected to survive, and if they do, they need power which could go out for 3 days or more. Battery operated ham radios (and their trained and experienced operators) are the method needed to get critical information from the field to Emergency Managers who need to mitigate the destruction caused by the hurricane. We hams are those "First Supporters. "
Hi there. I'm Ozzie, a telecommunications
hobbyist, and space enthusiast (Space Cadet).
Ham radio and outer space are two driving interests in my life just now.
Look at the hyper links below, and you'll see how much they are linked
together these days! Actually, I call myself a Space Ranger these days,
since I'm now in my 50's and a little old to be a Cadet.
Some head-hunters have been looking for my resume, and I've
been reccommending my Hurricane Andrew Report to some
people to read lately, so I've added the links here so they can find them
National Hurricane Center|
Hurricane Matthew position reports
Forms needed to keep the Incident Command System operating.
My current "claim to fame" is having come up with the idea that the Area Code of Space Coast of
Florida (the Countdown Capitol of the World) should be 321. Oh sure, it makes sense once it's been
pointed out, but it took me to point it out. What can I point out to others? To you, and your
company? As a result, I'm hanging out a "consulting shingle" to provide my kind of "non-linear
thinking" to consulting clients. Please visit my web site at
Students of The Florida Space Institute, Course EGN-2930 Space Science &
pose behind the Space Shuttle Columbia in the Vehicle Assmebly Building
in a 1999 photo. (Yes, I'm in there. And that's not white
hair; I live in Florida, so it's sunbleached!)
Ozzie's Space Stuff
Then there's the old Frequently Asked Questions page. In it, I answered questions about
when, and where to view launches of Space Shuttles from the Kennedy
Space Center, and unmanned rockets from the Cape Canaveral Air Station. It's a bit outdated now.
Your mobile phone's best web address
for launch status on Launch Day.
We believe that dotMOBI is the new dotCOM
for mobile device based web pages.
Got a payload for a Falcon 9? Check out the Falcon 9
You can view satellites traveling above your home! Click here to see
are visible from your back yard (you need to be in darkness, while the sats are in sunlight).
Beginners Guide to Astronomy
Ozzie's favorite source for launch schedules is the
SpaceFlight Now Launch
My room-mate Cheshire went
"hackers" conference called
And all I got was this lousy icon. ;-)>
There are also some Electronic Press
available from the Beyond HOPE conference as well.
He also attended the H2K Conference
(Hope 2000) in New York City, 2000 July 14-16. He keeps the
Convention Web page.
Click here for
(There is also a fancy
"Netscape specific" version)
from the US Naval Observatory, or
software from NTP.Org to set your system clock
from their atomic clock using Network time Protocol.
A Brief Explanation:
This page is really my own personal set of "bookmarks". I need to
borrow resources needed to access the account on my Internet
Provider (this means I use someone elses computer and/or phone
line to get to The Web), and since I can't "clutter up" someone else's
web browser with my bookmarks, I use this as my bookmark page.
If you like, you can send me an e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think of it, and whether
any of it is wrong, or needs to be changed. And keep in mind, I'm
not only learning as I go along, I'm making it up as I go along,
too! Come along with me, and don't forget to SHARE THE
Ozzie's "Web Pages Of Interest" (to him, anyway)
- Ozzie's Space
The really Techno-geeky stuff on outer space comes out of the
Typeset In The Future on 2001, A Space Oddysey.
Though you still have to be able to find
Keplerian elements, or
"keps" that are the mathematical variables that allow computer programs
calculate when satellites
are visible over your location.
You know, I once had my own Space Suit. I kept the
space suit liner for a few more years.
Ozzie N4SCY works the High Frequency bands with
Sue KF4QMM logging stations contacted during Field Day 1997 - Photo
by Jo KE4AEB
is the national ham radio Home Page of the American Radio Relay League
The QRZ Ham Radio Callsign
Database is here.
Don't forget the
Radio Club! And in case you need to know, here's the
International Standard Phonetic Alphabet. You'd be surprised how handy
it is to know this!
- Hurricane Andrew
Report, from the time I led a 10 person crew from Pinellas County
into Homestead FL to operate ham radios after Huricane Andrew.
- Brevard County
- Emmergency communications Frequencies.
- Incident Command Training, ICS-100
- NAVTEX is
Navigation Text messages sent by Radio Teletype.
- Once a year, you need
Field Day Software or This one
- Packet Radio
(the TAPR Home Page), the data communications service of ham radio (and
the reason I got my ham radio license).
Computer To Radio Pinouts for cable
connections are here. I've also been published in the
ARRL 12th Digital
Communications Conference Proceedings 1993.
- Green Bay Professional Packet Radio links
- Anderson Power Poles are the new power connector standard.
Amateur Automatic Packet Reporting System for position reporting by receiving
location strings emitted by a GPS
receiver, and sending the information over Packet Radio, the data communications service of
amateur radio. You can
APRS software and the latest maps. In fact you can even
see where I live.
Click here for
Windows version of APRS which can be found at
ftp://ftp.tapr.org/aprssig/winstuff/WinAPRS/. Don't forget to pick up
Maps of Florida Counties
(very big and very
The USA Eastnet Network linksthe Northeast to Florid for packet rdio transmissions.
- sound Card TNC Stuff
- FindU.Com CGI Info
- The Hamshack Hack, a complete Knoppix Linux ISO CD-ROM image, suitable for burning on your own CD-ROM (at your own risk, of course). You can boot from the CD-ROM, and runn Linux without doing away with your Windows system.
PacComm Packet Radio Systems
a major manufacurer of APRS compatible Packet Radio equipment. On-Line Command and Function
TNC Commands is a useful link.
Kantronics also makes packet
The ECHO Satellite has been launched!
Ozzie once had a day job as a "headset jockey" at
The Palm Store selling Palm Pilots. He's now head of the
Central Florida Palm Users Group
- Electronic Commerce: EDI, or Electronic Data
allows the transfer of business information that would have flowed in the
form of Invoices, and Purchase Orders, to travel as "electronic
documents" in machine readable form at the speed of light.
DISA, the Data Interchange Standards
Association, is a good place to start. This stuff is international in
scope, so be sure to check out the
EDIFACT information as well.. You can also read my roommate
Cheshire's views on
E-Commerce, which calls for
strong encryption before E-Commerce can be taken seriously.
- ITU, the International
Union is a United Nations specialized
agency, which handles international communications treaties and standards.
- Inmarsat started life as the International
Maritime Satellite Organization as an offshoot of the
IMO, the International Maritime
Orgaznization. It has been privatized.
A "users group" has ben formed called the
Mobile Satillite Users Association.
- Information on International Paper and Envelope Sizes
- Java slide show Code
Audio Reading Service for the blind. A service of
(the service can be found on
the Second Audio Program (SAP)
of Channel 24 in Orlando - hit your "zapper menu" untill the stereo
choices come up.
90.7 FM, Public Radio in Orlando FL. I answer phones during
pledge drives, because I love NPR,
National Public Radio.
Communitty Broadcasting (WMFE) home page,
- Ozzie's RealAudio Links, which
will let you listen to things Ozzie likes to listen to.
Ozzie's Story Corps episode from 2008
- Shortwave Broadcasters:
Radio Canada Intl,
ORF (Austrian Radio),
Radio Austria Intl,
Radio France Intl,
List of various Shorwave
World of Radio.
- Chickenman was a daily radio serial produced by WCFL Chicago, and as a teenager I listened avidly every night from my home in Rochester NY.
- The Hitch-Hikers Guide to tthe Galaxy, Just one of the cults I'm following after all these years.
- 2600 Magazine,
Home of "The Hacker's Quarterly" web page. One of their writers is The Cheshire
Catalyst. You can even look up 2600's mascot,
with his own Web Page. (While I'm at it, here's a
Guide Dog FAQ).
Here's a link to
- Discovery Channel
Science News Page. Well, how about their
History of Hacking pages? (I know three of these people personally)
- The WorldCon, The World
Science Fiction Convention can be found by following this link. If I can
afford to go, you might find me there as well.
- Funny Songs: Tom
Lehrer (a quick bio, and WikiQuotes & 1979 Interview on NPR), Dr
Tom Smith (a filker with
humorous song references.
- Interesting TV
Cameras: See some interesting places, and the status of coffee pots.
- Ozzie's Ego: My Resume is available for viewing. There's a
Report, from the time I led a 10 person crew from Pinellas County
into Homestead FL to operate ham radios after Huricane Andrew. As a
result, I published a paper for the
ARRL 12th Digital
Communications Conference Proceedings 1993. A "FilkSong Book" has
been published on the Web with my song
Harlie Played One in it.
- Casio Watch Manual (Module 3054)
- My friend Mary Myers has a micellanious web page at WhoZwhatsIt.Com.
Get e-reader software for your phone, PC or Mac.,p />
Make your own e-books using
Palm Markup Language
HTML Icons. This is an incredible page - if you're into HTML as a
- HTML Characters and their associated numbers
- HTML Character Codes & Names (#)
- Character Entity Reference Chart
- HTML Characters Strange
- Signs & Symbols - Transportation
- In the dim and distant pre-history of the Modern Web (the days before Google), there was Alta Vista, a creature of DEC (the Digital Equipment Corporation) of Maynard MA.
- Safety Labels w/Symbols
- Unicode Character Table
- Geo Codes, Geographic Names and Lat/Longs.
- Soccer: The world's football game.
Here's the home page of
Army, the un-official fan club of US Soccer.
you know I'm originally from
: I was working
for a company that provided "suplimental communications" (cellular pay
mounted on trailers) at NASCAR events.
Interesting links include: Go
Visit Nascar Fans HERE!.
You can also hear some red-neck good-ole boys talkan 'bout
NASCAR at Jon Boy & Billy's
Weekly NASCAR Show.
Here's a list of good sites (thanks to the folks at
What's wrong with racing stock cars|
for the Nabisco Cup instead?
Cookies aren't addictive either!
(This joke went stale after Winston
no longer sponsered the Cup)
You'd think that if a company was going to show off how "Internet Savy"
they were, they'd know how to fix up the "Web-Cam" photo so that the
artwork on the back of the shirt didn't get washed out. Here, UPS
(the official express delivery company of NASCAR) wirelessly links their
exhibit on the south lawn of Daytona International Speedway.
I had to go back to get this taken, when their
first attempt got me
at the wrong moment. I had walked over to the Embry-Riddle library, and
got their photo half an hour after it was taken. (Impressive delivery,
lousy execution of a great concept IMHO).
- Scanner Frequencies:
- Titusville Moel Railroad Club
- American Diabetes
Florida Afiliate. I help out during the Tour de Cure Bicycle
- Sign Maker, when you need to generate
highway signs for graphics.
Florida Online Trail Guide
- Credits and Gratitude, a web
thank those who have assisted in providing me web sites to "tag" to
some of my information, or who have been very helpful in providing me
assistance. There`s also a list of places
I've accessed the Internet from.
Cool HTML 4 Web Pages by David Taylor. An earlier version of this book
is how I learned to create web pages one weekend. By Monday morning,
my first Home Page had been hacked out using WordStar in non-document
- My Political Agenda
Soccer Has Reached America!
In my identity as a mild-mannered gas cylinder
tester for a small obscure Space Shuttle subcontractor (I don't work
there any more - I'm now retired from Telecom stuff), I was a Volunteer at the
Orlando venue of World Cup USA 94™, the world's most prestegious soccer match.
I'm a computer geek, not a sports jock, but I support socccer as a game
rest of the world loves, that America is just getting into. It is also a
game that we Americans are not trying to shove down the world's throat! I
like that. ;-)>
What? You haven't figured out why I consider International Sports to be
political in nature?
e-mail me at email@example.com, and I'll be happy to discuss it.
Dates on my
web pages are in the date/time format of
Besides being an international standard, it is in computer sortable order.
Only a real computer geek like Ozzie would bother to point this
This web page is Copyright 1996-2017, Robert
Osband. His resume is available for viewing.
Any trademarks used are the property of the respective trademark
holder (though I personally don't respect any trademark holder
that holds me to putting in a disclaimer this ridiculous).
This page is
Enhanced and proud of it.
While this page will be perfectly viewable on
Microsoft Internet Expletive,
it will also be readable on
the non-graphic web browser for people using text-only terminals in
Public Libraries, terminals with speech synthisizers for the blind, and
users accessing the web via Telnet.
The Web Access Symbol means this
page is enhanced for people with
This outfit will submit your web site to the search engines for you. Ozzie
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