Hawaii Ham Discovers a Comet and it gets named after her

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KH6OWL, Mar 23, 2019.

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  1. N7XCZ

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    Yea the Barefeet and duct tape standing on top of the car is Priceless, I am sure we have all done something very similar for a few more S units
    I know I have Hi Hi. Congrats on your discovery and welcome to Ham radio.

    Ed Wolf
  2. KW0U

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    Agreed, we can all take pride in having people like her in our hobby. I hadn't thought about it, but it makes sense that some astronomers would be into ham radio. It's a technical hands-on field with a wide view of the planet and its neighborhood. (In the book version of Contact the heroine gets her ticket as a teenager, and hams later help with studying the aliens' signal.) There's a lot of crossover from aviation too, and probably for similar reasons. Besides engineering I wonder what other fields would logically fit with the hobby. Maybe we could interest some people in those areas to get on the air.
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  3. WB0OEW

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    Welcome Heather, I am happy you are enjoying ham radio now.

    But I have to wonder .. how can it take so long for someone to even know this hobby exists? Sounds like we all need to really focus a lot more on outreach.
  4. K6HWB

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    Congratulations!!!! so happy for you
  5. KQ6XA

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    Congratulations, Heather!
    I hope to QSO with you sometime.
    -Bonnie KQ6XA
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  6. K7LZR

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    Fascinating work you do Heather, and welcome to the Amateur Radio hobby . Thank you for your expertise and work on a cool surveillance system which may someday save our lives! :)
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  7. WB4EZL

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  9. W1YW

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    I have to buck the trend on this one.

    And I know it will likely be unpopular....

    In the last 15 years we have seen the adoption of the term 'citizen science', usually in place of 'amateur xxx', such as 'amateur astronomy'.

    What's in a name?


    Many of us went into science because we saw it as an opportunity to make a contribution through individual merit and effort. In fact, we are celebrating an example--a RARE example nowadays-- of this through this thread. But the reality is that astronomy--in particular-- has become a form of socialistic mishmash where calling attention to individual discovery is often considered grounds for targeting the very people who make those discoveries. That is, 'group effort' has replaced individual success. And individual success is squashed as much as possible.

    If you are so inclined, go look at the pages of the Astrophysical Journal in 2019. You will find the 'author' page is often two or more pages in itself, with dozens--sometimes over 100-- authors. This is symptomatic of the problem.

    'Citizen Science' is an extension of this trend--to take away recognition from individuals and thrust it on large groups.

    I am sorry, but the very best people, at least in part, will continue to pursue things in small groups, or individually.

    Amateur astronomers are often highly skilled and excellent observers. Whether they are 'citizens' or not is an adjective that connotes a social form that has nothing to do with their superb and very much needed contributions.

    Your opinion may differ.

    Chip W1YW
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  10. NJ1S

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    Doctor i think the work you do is some of the most important work on the planet. Asteroids and comets pose the greatest threat to life on this planet short of humans and Global warming!

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