OZZIE'S WEB PAGE
Hurricane Andrew 10th Anniversary
1992 - 2002
Be sure to read Ozzie's Report on
Ham Radio operations in Homestead
following Hurricane Andrew.
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
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 40's and a little old to be a Cadet.
Some head-hunters have been looking for my resume, and I've
reccommending my Hurricane Andrew Report to some
people to read lately, so I've added the links here so they can find them
My current "claim to fame" is having come up with the idea that the new
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 new web site at
I have a "real" job, of course, at
Excell Agent Services. But my
current "claim to fame" is being the fellow who suggested that The Space
coast of Florida (the countdown Capitol of the World) should have Area
Code 321. Service will begin on November 1.
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!)
| AT&T Racing Fan Page |
| Titusville Amateur Radio Club |
| Space Congress |
| Canaveral Council of Technical Societies |
| Spacey Ideas |
| Spacey Ideas Launch Schedule |
| Space Frontier Operations |
| Ozzie's Essential Software Load |
| Via Oz |
| SpaceyIdeas Launch Viewing FAQ Page |
| Directions to Space View Park |
| Poacher Jo's Gator Hole |
| Boggs Gases |
| International CellComm |
| SpeakerTires.Com |
| Strato International |
This page comes up when Ozzie's browser comes up, so this list is the
easiest way for Ozzie to
"click-up" the pages he's editing to see how they look.
Other Frequently Viewed Pages:
| Viewing Satellites from Titusville |
| "Space Online" Launch Schedule |
| Space Online Home Page |
| Space Congress Registration Test |
| Space Congress Exhibitors |
| Satellite Orbital Elements |
| Latest Shuttle Keps |
| Space Station Keps |
| Alternate Satellite Keps |
| Alta Vista Search Engine |
| Cyber Café Proposal |
| iWon |
| Whois Lookup |
| Cheshire's Home Page |
| Ozzie's "Digital" Page |
| WINaprs Download Site |
| APRS Maps |
| MixW32 |
| RealPages.Com Yellow Pages |
| MapQuest Directions |
| Map Resources |
| International Reference Information |
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 SpaceLaunch News.
Some of my Space Information is too technical for the general public (and
has just plain outgrown my Home Page). They can be found in Ozzie's Techie Space Information. Be careful, it
gets pretty "geeky" in there.
Here's information on doing SETI At Home. Yes, the
Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence from the comfort of your easy
I'm also working on the web sites of the
Canaveral Council of Technical
Societies, which puts on the
Space Congress in Cocoa Beach.
You can view satellites travel above your home! Click here to see
are visible from Titusville
FL. A link at the bottom will let you get this information for your
Not space, but air - You can view some QuickTime movies of strange
aircraft things at
Smithsonian Institution, National Air & Space Museum.
Ozzie's favorite source for launch schedules is the FLORIDA TODAY
Space Online Launch
My room-mate Cheshire went
to a "hackers" conference called
H2K2 (Hope 2002)
in New York City, 2002 July 12-14.
He keeps the
Convention Web page.
Click here for
(There is also a fancy
"Netscape specific" version)
from the US Naval Observatory, or
software from the
National Institute of Standards & Technology to set your system clock
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
firstname.lastname@example.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
Ozzie's "Web Pages Of Interest" (to him, anyway)
- Ozzie's Space
Techno-geeky stuff on outer space. It just outgrew this Home Page! Be aware that
it's rarely updated. you might rather visit his pride and joy,
The Space Launch Viewing FAQ Page
answering Frequently Asked Questions about viewing launches on the Space Coast
you still have to be able
Keplerian elements, or
"keps" that are the mathematical variables that allow computer programs
calculate when satellites
are visible over your location.
Ozzie N4SCY works the High Frequency bands with
Sue KF4QMM logging stations contacted during Field Day 1997 - Photo
by Jo KE4AEB
is the national ham radio Home Page of the American Radio Relay League
QRZ Ham Radio Callsign
Database is here. Don't forget the
Radio Club! And in case you need to know, here's the
International Standard Phonetic Alphabet. You'd be surprised how handy
it is to know this!
- Brevard County
- NAVTEX is
Navigation Text messages sent by Radio Teletype.
- Once a year, you need
Field Day Software
(it's down the page a bit).
- Packet Radio
(the TAPR Home Page), the data communications service of ham radio (and
the reason I got my ham radio license).
Computer To Radio Pinouts for cable
connections are here. I've also been published in the
ARRL 12th Digital
Communications Conference Proceedings 1993.
The Amateur Packet Reporting System for position reporting by receiving
location strings emitted by a GPS
receiver, and sent over Packet Radio, the data communications service of
amateur radio. You can
APRS software and the latest maps.
RATS, the Radio Amateur
Telecommunications Society of New Jersey set Packet Radio network
Click here for
Windows version of APRS which can be found at
ftp://ftp.tapr.org/aprssig/winstuff/WinAPRS/. Don't forget to pick up
Maps of Florida Counties
(very big and very
PacComm Packet Radio Systems
a major manufacurer of APRS compatible Packet Radio equipment. On-Line Command and Function
TNC Commands is a useful link.
Kantronics also makes packet
- Electronic Commerce: EDI, or Electronic Data
allows the transfer of business information that would have flowed in the
formm of Invoices, and Purchase Orders, to travel as "electronic
documents" in machine readable form at the speed of light.
DISA, the Data Interchange Standards
Association, is a good place to start. This stuff is international in
scope, so be sure to check out the
EDICORE web site at
the ITU in Geneva Switzerland. You can also read my roommate
Cheshire's views on
E-Commerce, which calls for
strong encryption before E-Commerce can be taken seriously.
- ITU, the International
Union is a United Nations specialized
agency, which handles international communications treaties and standards.
Inmarsat is the International
Maritime Satellite Organization is an offshoot of the
IMO, the International Maritime
Orgaznization. A "users group" has ben formed called the
Mobile Satillite Users Association.
|Software That Ozzie Can't Live Without
- E-mail software for the Desktop,
when you've got a hard drive on a machine of your own. Use Dokomi (below)
when you don't.
Eudora is compatible with PGP Plug-ins.
- Dokomi Portable E-mail software
- Put it on a Floppy Disk, and you can
access your POP3 E-mail from anywhere there is Internet Access, and
a floppy disk drive. While most libraries lock the floppy drive, you
can check your E-Mail from your friend's house or a
without upsetting their settings!
- A Windows®
based FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program for transfering files between
- The Emulator
Without A Name. This program emulates the Telnet client with
a VT-100 terminal.
- PGP - Pretty Good
- The choice for
public encryption software.
- Adobe Acrobat
Software for reading Portable Document Files (PDF).
Audio Reading Service for the blind. A service of
(the service can be found on
the Second Audio Program (SAP)
of Channel 24 in Orlando - hit your "zapper menu" untill the stereo
choices come up.
90.7 FM, Public Radio in Orlando FL. I answer phones during
pledge drives, because I love NPR,
National Public Radio.
Broadcasting (WMFE) home page,
- Ozzie's RealAudio Links, which
let you listen to things Ozzie likes to listen to.
- Shortwave Broadcasters:
Radio Canada Intl,
ORF (Austrian Radio),
Radio Austria Intl,
Radio France Intl,
List of various Shorwave
World of Radio.
- 2600 Magazine,
Home of "The Hacker's Quarterly" web page. One of their writers is The Cheshire
Here's a link to
Friendly cartoons, including one about
friend of mine.
- Discovery Channel
Science News Page.
- The WorldCon, The World
Science Fiction Convention can be found by following this link. If I can
afford to go, you might find me there as well.
- Funny Songs: Tom
Tom Smith (a filker with
humorous song references.
- The Prisoner
pick for the World's All Time Best television program. It was filmed in
Wales. Some pictures
are also available.
- Interesting TV
Cameras: See some interesting places, and the status of coffee pots.
- Ozzie's Ego: My
Resume is available for viewing. There's a
Report, from the time I led a 10 person crew from Pinellas County
into Homestead FL to operate ham radios after Huricane Andrew. As a
result, I published a paper for the
ARRL 12th Digital
Communications Conference Proceedings 1993. A "FilkSong Book" has
been published on the Web with my song
Harlie Played One in it. One of my heros is James Burke
- I can sometimes be found at The British Pub
in Titusville FL. You can also look for me at
HTML Icons. This is an incredible page - if you're into HTML as a
- MSDS, Material Safety Data Sheets. In case you have a "need to know".
- Soccer: The world's football game.
Here's the ESPN Soccer
Here's the home page of
Army, the un-official fan club of US Soccer. Here's the latest message from the Sam's Army e-mail list.
you know I'm originally from
: I was working
for a company that provides "suplimental communications" (cellular pay
mounted on trailers) at NASCAR events.
Interesting links include: Go
Visit Nascar Fans HERE!.
You can also hear some red-neck good-ole boys talkan 'bout
NASCAR at Jon Boy & Billy's
Weekly NASCAR Show.
Here's a list of good sites (thanks to the folks at
What's wrong with racing stock cars|
for the Nabisco Cup instead?
Cookies aren't addictive either!
You'd think that if a company was going to show off how "Internet Savy"
they were, they'd know how to fix up the "Web-Cam" photo so that the
artwork on the back of the shirt didn't get washed out. Here, UPS
(the official express delivery company of NASCAR) wirelessly links their
exhibit on the south lawn of Daytona International Speedway.
Tobey's NASCAR Related
I had to go back to get this taken, when their
first attempt got me
at the wrong moment. I had walked over to the Embry-Riddle library, and
got their photo half an hour after it was taken. (Impressive delivery,
lousy execution of a great concept IMHO).
- Scanner Frequencies:
- American Diabetes
Florida Afiliate. I help out during the Tour de Cure Bicycle
- RIVERHOLD, an
interactive MUD (Multi-User Dungeon) type of game. This is the type of
on-line, interactive game that has given the Internet a Bad Rep. So it
must be fun, right?
- Ozzie's Alta Vista
page. Ozzie really likes the Alta Vista search engine, but
sometimes accesses it from the Lynx non-graphic web browser. Ozzie's Alta Vista page is his answer to the
- Sign Maker, when you need to generate
highway signs for graphics.
- Credits and Gratitude, a web
thank those who have assisted in providing me web sites to "tag" to
some of my information, or who have been very helpful in providing me
assistance. There`s also a list of places
I've accessed the Internet from.
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
My Political Agenda
Soccer Has Reached America!
But let's play the world's game by the world's rules.
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 back in Telecom stuff), I was a Volunteer at the
Orlando venue of World Cup 94, the world's most prestegious soccer match.
I'm a computer geek, not a sports jock, but I support socccer as a game
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 email@example.com, and I'll be happy to discuss it.
The "last update" information at the bottom of my
web pages are in the date/time format of
Besides being an international standard, it is in computer sortable order.
Only a real computer geek like Ozzie would bother to point this
This web page is Copyright 1996-99, 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).
This page is
Enhanced and proud of it.
While this page will be perfectly viewable on
Microsoft Internet Expletive,
it will also be readable on
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.
The Web Access Symbol means this
page is enhanced for people with
This outfit will submit your web site to the search engines for you. Ozzie
Ozzie reads Science Fiction.
And while Ozzie's collecting "Brownie points" for displaying someone
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