Working with NOAA & others
A perspective by Dave
Cawley on his travels :
to see the summary of the 2015 NOAA Conference. I represented RIG and PIU's (Private
Individual Users). Steve Padar was there to help me. We look
forward to the 2017 conference !
2013 April NOAA
Satellite Direct Readout Conference Washington. Here we intended to
see once and for all if direct reception by the man in the street
will be possible in the future, and it isn't. Probably for the last time RIG attended the NOAA Satellite Conference for Direct Readout : April
8-12, 2013. We had a 20 minute presentation entitled "Private
Individual Users of Weather Satellites" on the Tuesday at 2:55
click here to see the agenda and
(this is very big file) to see the presentation given. Henry
Neale and Dave Cawley were presented with an award from NOAA, and
Steve Padar drove us everywhere. You can see the presentation
on the news page by clicking here.
2011 4-8 April
NOAA Satellite Direct Readout Conference Miami: Real-Time Access for Real-Time
Applications. I gave a lecture entitled "Real Time Access for
Private Individual Users of Weather Satellites" I pushed that we
needed Direct Reception of a Geostationary satellite with the
ability of Animation. I also covered the past 23+ years that I had
been representing the amateur community.
here to see it.
2008 8-12 December NOAA "2008 Satellite Direct Readout
Conference Miami: Transitioning into the Future, Global Satellites
for Global Needs" in Miami I presented a talk " Private Individual
Users of Weather Satellites: The Future" I proposed that a narrow band WEFAX service should be introduced.
Click here to see it.
2004 December 6-10 NOAA "2004 Satellite Direct Readout
Conference: A Decade in Transition" in Miami. I presented a talk "
The Rise and Fall of Amateur Direct Reception of Weather Satellites"
where I predicted the end for 15,000 amateur and Third World users
was near. I had some original Tiros literature, it went down well!
In fact the brochure was just "Tiros" as it was the first and
I talked about the early days from 1957 and the help NOAA had
given private users, several NOAA personnel came round after and
congratulated me. In fact it was my hope that NOAA would release
designs or funding for a low cost LRIT receiver, they didn't. Click
here to see it.
2002 December 9-13 I attended the NOAA "Satellite Direct Users
Conference" with Frank Bell and Sam Elsdon to promote private
individual users and to ask NOAA to release circuitry of the then
forthcoming LRIT, we were unfortunately unsuccessful but
collectively we did a great job of bringing the "small user"
community to the attention of NOAA. We all attended and
participated in several "breakout sessions" and also had
an exhibition stand !
2000 November 14NOAA "WEFAX/EMWIN Users Workshop" I presented
a talk "WEFAX Private Individual User Community" where I quoted
several NOAA publications that promoted Direct readout for education
and that would be lost if LRIT came to be. This was at the "WEFAX/LRIT
Users" meeting in Washington DC. My thrust was to point out the
dangers of going digital and how it would disenfranchise the Private
Individual Users and Third World countries, something that has now
come to pass.
Click here to read it.
2000 May I organised and moderated the "Weather Satellite
Forum" at the Dayton Hamvention. NOAA satellite director Wayne
Winston attended and the main theme was Direct Reception for
Amateurs and covered everything from APT/WEFAX and HRPT reception.
Most speakers were using a Kodak Carousel slide presentation, Power
point and projectors were in their infancy!
1998 Jill, Pete, Sarah and I ran the UK Remote Imaging Group Conference in
Newport. Attendees from all over Europe gathered to share
experiences of direct reception of Weather Satellites.
1996 June 10-11. Annapolis NOAA POES Users Symposium, Jill and I
attended this lovely meeting the "NOAA POES Users Symposium", in
fact Jill still uses the conference folder for her Church work! It
was here that I first understood the implications and impact that
the new digital technology would have on private individual users.
John Beanland and I staged an exhibition promoting the "small user"
1993 I organised and ran the UK Remote Imaging Group
Residential Conference in Daventry. Attendees came from Europe and
the USA to hear how to make and use low cost weather satellite
equipment. Over two days the lectures and talks were packed.
1991 my greatest
hero, the inventor of the communications satellite and author of the
seminal film 2001, Arthur C Clarke telephoned our office and invited
me to Sri Lanka to visit him. The word on the street was a 6 foot
dish was essential for GMS, we went to see him and got good images
with signal to spare, on a 3 foot dish.
Baltimore NOAA Third International Satellite Direct Broadcast
Services User's Conference, John DuBois stunned the world with his
first amateur reception of HRPT! Later with the help of John and Ed
Murashi my own company produced the world's first low cost HRPT
system. NOAA admitted that a few years later we had sold more HRPT
system than the rest of the world put together. I participated in
several "breakout meetings"
1986 to 2004 exhibited at the Dayton Hamfest encouraging
Radio Hams to learn about the technology and weather satellites.
1986 to 2004 exhibited at every major Amateur Ham Radio show
in the UK demonstrating Weather Satellite reception.
1986 to 1999 attended the NSTA (National Science Teachers
Association) with Fisher Scientific and often with Bob Poham the
NOAA PR director, to
promote Weather Satellites into American Schools.
1985 to 2000 attended every UK "Geographers Association" "The
Education Show" "British Education & Training Technology" and
many other education exhibitions/conferences to
promote Weather Satellites into Schools.
1984 Started in weather satellites after an article in
Wireless World by Henry Neale