Friday, September 23, 2011

9/24/11 Report - Space Junk & Indian River Erosion Control & Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

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Space Junk on Cocoa Beach.

People often wonder about those small odd pieces of titanium that they find on the beach. As I've mentioned, some have been positively identified as being NASA space debris.

Lately people have been watching for that bus-size satellite to fall somewhere on earth. I heard that the mystery is over. Last night the satellite (pieces of it) fell in the Pacific somewhere.

Being so close to the Cape, we get our fair share of space debris, as illustrated by the photo above. That photo is not very recent, but still illustrative.

Indian River County officials have been discussing erosion and erosion control methods. They seem to realize that dumping more sand on the beach is expensive and ineffective.

You might want to read what they are thinking. Here is the link.

A five year old girl finds a 160 million year old fossil. That is one neat fossil.

One of the recent changes in metal detector technology is the development of wireless headphones. That is just an extension of the same technology that people are using with the computers, cell phones etc. Bluetooth is radio frequency communication that allows doing away with the wires. It is inexpensive and automatic.

Some detectors come with wireless headphones, and you can get wireless headphones to plug into other detectors that have removable headphones.

Here is one site that gives some of the details on wireless Bluetooth headphones.

Theoretically, I would imagine two people could wear headphones at the same time and hear the signal from a single detector. I haven't really looked into matters such as interference and coding or tuning.

In normal use the headphones obviously would be tuned or coded to communicate only with the device that transmits from one specific detector.

A multiple headphone configuration could be used for different applications, such as training. The detector user would wear one set of headphones while the instructor listens in with another set.

Here is a link if you want to look into this a little more.

As an aside, Jackson Hole Wyoming is a long way from the Treasure Coast, but if you remember, I posted a photo of a mule train in the Teton Mountains and wondered what they were carrying. I thought they might be carrying geological samples or artifacts. I don't know if that is right, but I just ran across this article that mentions some new archaeological findings there.

If you want to learn more about that, here is the link.

Treasure Coast Beach Forecast and Conditions.

There is a trough out in the Bahamas that will probably continue to give us some clouds and showers. Ophelia still seems headed for the open Atlantic. There is however, one new tropical disturbance coming off of Africa that has a good chance of developing soon. More on that later.

The wind is still form the southeast. That normally builds the beaches and brings us hot humid air. I don't like it at all.

The seas are running around two feet and will continue with little change for the next few days. Beach detecting conditions remain poor.

At least we are into fall, which means a long-awaited and much-needed change in conditions should be coming. The wind will eventually be shifting so we are not getting those summer southeast winds all of the time.

Happy hunting,