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An article describing how to type fractions in e-mail and other typed correspondance.

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Why was this 1975 photo of ME all over Britain in 2008?
What I know about it...
Click to see where
Ozzie lives.
Visit my
Space Launch FAQ Page
Answering Frequently Asked Questions about viewing Shuttle and unmanned launched on Florida's Space Coast.

It's Official!!
Ozzie's Idea To Give "The Space Coast" (the Count Down Capitol of the World) Area Code "321" Is A GO!!!

Read Ozzie's story of How It Came About.

You can also read Ozzie's Testimony before the PSC, and the Wall Street Journal's "Vanity Area Code" article. Area Code 321 has even been the subject of an answer on Jeopardy!

Visit http://SpaceyIdeas.Com
Ozzie's Space Marketing Consulting Company!

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Hurricane Status
GOES Satellite Photo
Get the latest National Weather Service Forcast for Brevard County FL.
Do you know my friend
Virginia Edgerton?

I've lost track of her over the years and would like to get in touch.
The Ig® Nobel Prize Winners
A study finds Cellular Phone hazards are real!
Read the Wired Magazine article. This one is not a joke.
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the weather in
Titusville FL.
Protect your computer from viruses.
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Check out the Amateur SETI Project. Yes, you too can be a part of the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence in your own home!
NPR's Lost and Found Sound:
The Twitching of the Telegraph. Morse code and Ham Radio in a young boy's life. Real Audio required.
Are you aware of the
Mobile Marketing Association??
Governor Jeb Bush teleconferences the First Official Phone Call to "launch" Area Code 321 by calling the Kennedy Space Center. Ozzie is the bearded fellow in the first row

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. "

National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Matthew position reports

ICS Forms
Forms needed to keep the Incident Command System operating.
Hi there. I'm Ozzie, a telecommunications hobbyist, and space enthusiast. 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 easily.

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 SpaceyIdeas.Com.

Well. I used to work as a "headset jockey" on the other end of the Toll Free number at The Palm Store, which led to my becoming head of the Central Florida Palm Users Group (CFPUG).

[photo of large group of people]

Students of The Florida Space Institute, Course EGN-2930 Space Science & Technology, pose behind the Space Shuttle Columbia in the Vehicle Assmebly Building. (Yes, I'm in there. And that's not white hair; I live in Florida, so it's sunbleached!)

Ozzie's Space Stuff

Launch Viewing
Frequently Asked Questions

Click this to go to the page which is my pride, and joy (and gets updated much more often than this one). In it, I answer 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 is a service of SpaceLaunchInfo.Com.

You can get information on Launch Holds & Scrubs at the Canaveral Spaceport sent to your cell phone via text messaging.

You can view satellites travel above your home! Click here to see when satellites are visible from your back yard.

Beginners Guide to Astonomy

Ozzie's favorite source for launch schedules is the SpaceFlight Now Launch Schedule Page

My room-mate Cheshire went
to a "hackers" conference called
["Beyond HOPE" Conference Logo, Animated by Meem]
And all I got was this lousy icon. ;-)>

There are also some Electronic Press Clippings 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 Post H2K Convention Web page.

Click here for the correct time, (There is also a fancy "Netscape specific" version) from the US Naval Observatory, or download 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 n4scy@amsat.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 KNOWLEDGE!

Ozzie's "Web Pages Of Interest" (to him, anyway)

Creating 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 mode!

  • 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 the 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 n4scy@amsat.org, and I'll be happy to discuss it.

    2006 World Cup Merchandise

    Please note:

    Dates on my web pages are in the date/time format of
    Year-Month-Day/Hour:Minute:Second. Besides being an international standard, it is in computer sortable order. Only a real computer geek like Ozzie would bother to point this out.

    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).

Compatible] This page is Lynx Enhanced and proud of it.

    While this page will be perfectly viewable on Notscape, and Microsoft Internet Expletive, it will also be readable on Lynx, 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.

    Web Access Symbol]
    A globe, marked with a 
    grid, tilts at an angle. 
    A keyhole is cut into 
    its surface.

    The Web Access Symbol means this
    page is enhanced for people with

    The author,
    Robert Osband
     is a member of
    The HTML Writers Guild
    The HWG has declared April is "Accessibiliy Month".
    Not everyone has graphic web browsers, you know.
    Also, see Cheshire's paper on the subject,

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