[RFI] Compass Vectors

Gedas w8bya at mchsi.com
Tue Dec 1 13:16:40 EST 2015

Being an astro-imaging nut I would like to remind folks that during the 
daytime using the sun or the moon if visible is extremely accurate.  
Even with cloud cover if you can make out the shape of the sun you have 
an instant compass.

I use them all the time to check the alignment of my various higher gain 
VHF/UHF antennas, esp after heavy wind storms.  I just step back 50' or 
so from my tower and align the boom with the known astro source, be it 
the north star, sun, moon, etc.

Since I know my stars & planets I have used many of them (i.e., Venus 
around sun rise/sun set) to get very accurate bearings.  All this data 
is commonly available, day or night so keep it in mind in a pinch.

Gedas, W8BYA

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On 12/1/2015 12:01 PM, Jim Brown wrote:
> There is also 5-10 degrees worth of "slop" in the photography 
> displayed by Google Earth. I discovered this when trying to use the 
> Ruler function in alignment with the walls of my house. :)
> 73, Jim K9YC
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