NOAA Conference 2017
A New Era for NOAA Environmental Satellites :
2017 NOAA Satellite Conference : July 17-20 2017, New York. Once
again RIG was represented by Dave Cawley for the PIU's (Private
Steve Padar was there to help him.
The conference was held at The City College of New York, a
university built in a Gothic style and the first in the USA to admit
students who were not wealthy. The building the conference was
held in is here. Steve and Dave had only just walked into the
main room with 450 delegates when the organiser Eric Madsen made a
bee-line for Dave and said "Dave, so glad to see you here" !
And this was just the start.
Dave made the point that amateurs had made a
significant contribution over the years and that RIG had presented
many papers at NOAA Conferences over the years.
Many NOAA people had left since 1986 when RIG
first started to work directly with NOAA, and those people were in
favour of simple direct reception, but before they left most
admitted that the world had moved on. It was disappointing to
see so few old faces.
One major discovery was that new GOES R is
probably receivable by amateurs on a reasonably size dish on 1.7GHz
with truly great resolution for many years to come. However
all the Weather Satellite groups have stopped all home construction
with the exception of Werkgroep
Kunstmanen who have our greatest respect.
Some of the dozen or so exhibitors
Dave Cawley proudly wearing his
Remote Imaging pass
group photo of those who were left at the end of the
Conference ! Steve and Dave are 5 rows back from the
front on the left.
the massive lecture theatre. You can read most of the
to Henry Neal for making this all possible by starting RIG
in 1984 which now in 2017 is 33 years ago !
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