D/23 Useful Resources

From time to time this page is going to be updated on new events and news items of interest to Squadrons. Come back often and check for updates.

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D23 Awards Manual, October 2013

D23 Conference Guidelines, Jan 2016

University Seminar Program, Power Point Presentation

District 23 Bylaws - approved 7 March 2012

USPS District Job Descriptions - Sept 2011

Preliminary District Job Assignments

This still contains errors and duplications and I am working to correct them with Headquarters. Please do not try to enter any information or updates directly on our district DB 2000 program but send your information to me for entry. For the new complete district roster, I need to depend also on the accuracy of individual squadron job assignments as reported on DB 2000. This needs to be done on the squadron level since the district secretary does not have the authority to make squadron changes. Source file.
D/Lt/C Kurt W. Mikat, SN
District Secretary

USPS Operations Manual Ver 2016.1

D23 Website Calendar

D23 Leadership has suggested that the district squadrons submit their calendar of events, that lend themselfs to being shared with other squadrons, to the district webmaster for inclusion on the D23 website calendar.

Please consider that we have to keep this manageable for the webmaster. We are using Google Calendar on the D23 website and must have compatible data formatting. The data can be provided as a CSV file or Excel spreadsheet; but, the fields MUST be totally consistent with (or readily identified for mapping to) the Google Calendar. Please read the requirements below:

CSV stands for 'Comma Separated Values,' so CSV files have a comma between each item of information they contain. Google Calendar supports most CSV formatted files from commonly used calendar applications such as Yahoo! Calendar and Microsoft Outlook.

All CSV (or Excel spreadsheet) files must have a correctly formatted header. The minimum amount of header information required to import events into Google Calendar is: Subject, Start Date.

With the header information above, Google Calendar will recognize the event as an All Day event by default. To add more information to your events, simply add more headers. Acceptable headers include: Subject, Start Date, Start Time, End Date, End Time, All Day Event, Description, Location, and Private.

To edit a CSV file, first make sure that the file is originally saved with the .csv extension (many text editing applications cannot "Save As..." a CSV, and manually appending the extension does not make it a readable CSV file). An example CSV file looks like this:

HEADER: Subject,Start Date,Start Time,End Date,End Time,All Day Event,Description,Location,Private

FIELD DATA: Final Exam,05/12/20,07:10:00 PM,05/12/07,10:00:00 PM,False,Two essay questions that will cover topics covered throughout the semester,"Columbia, Schermerhorn 614",True

This event, 'Final Exam,' would then appear on May 12, 2020 from 7:10 PM to 10:00 PM. The location would be 'Columbia, Schermerhorn 614,' the description would be 'Two essay questions that will cover topics covered throughout the semester,' and it would be a private event. Note that if any of your fields have commas in them (location, in the example above), you can include them in your file by making sure to place quotation marks around the text.

The minimum field headers we require are: Subject, Start Date, Start Time, Description, and Location.

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 Although the program is not available as a general member benefit, those members who hold key roles in the squadron/district by volunteering their time and resources to acheive the goals of USPS and require certain software to facilitate that work can participate through the Squadron.

Get Product "Donations"; you have to pay a reasonable "administration fee":

Look for techsoup information on the following USPS link; scroll down.
http://www.usps.org/national/admin_dept/benefitsdescription.htm

Many of the USPS links are duds. However, the information you need is detailed in the attachment hereto.

What you need is your squadron letter from the IRS confirming YOUR squadron is a 501(c) - (sample link in the above attached pdf). The EIN needed if for your squadron, your treasurer should have a copy of both documents. Register using the following "type" and "subtype":Type: Other Instructional and Training Activities, Subtype: Other instruction and training. Expect it to take several weeks for techsoup to qualify you after receiving your request package.

Be aware, there are strict limits, set by and differing by the donating supplier, as to how many products you can buy per year. The count gets reset each July 1st. Some of the software (Microsoft) has to have a separate license for each and every computer installed on; other software (adobe) can be installed and activated (using the same email account) on two computers at the same time and must be deactivated on one of the installations before it can be re-installed elsewhere.

NEW July 27, 2011 - Updates to the Microsoft Donation Program.

In case you haven't heard: Your organization can now request Microsoft products as needed, not just once per year. We've also reset your two-year donation request cycle. And there's no longer a five-seat minimum requirement, so you can request just one license if that's all you need. To make navigating the program easier, we've introduced the Microsoft Donation Center, where eligible organizations can track Microsoft requests, see donations received, and more. Learn more about how these changes benefit your organization.

Celestial Navigation Software

Application: Astronavigation

Identification of celestial bodies. Nautical Almanac, including sun and moon phenomena. Sights: correction of the observed altitude and calculation of line of position (type of LoP: Marcq Saint Hilaire). Celestial Fix. GPX file output that serves as an input to OpenCPN. Complete solution: fix, circles of position, confidence ellipse.

Pack overview Software is available for free, for non-commercial use, at: http://sites.google.com/site/navigationalalgorithms/ (Only for Windows®) Plotting circles of equal altitude: Method explained.

Celestial Navigation Software

Booklet ChartsThe NOAA BookletChart™ is an experimental product that you can print at home for free. They are made to help recreational boaters locate themselves on the water. The Booklet Chart is reduced in scale and divided into pages for convenience, but otherwise contains all the information of the full-scale nautical chart. Bar scales are also reduced in scale, but are accurate when used to measure distances in a BookletChart. Excerpts from the United States Coast Pilot are included. Most chart notes are consolidated on a single page for easy reference. Emergency information for the charted area is printed on the back cover.

The NOAA BookletChart™ is an experimental product that you can print at home for free. They are made to help recreational boaters locate themselves on the water.The Booklet Chart is reduced in scale and divided into pages for convenience, but otherwise contains all the information of the full-scale nautical chart. Bar scales are also reduced in scale, but are accurate when used to measure distances in a BookletChart. Excerpts from the United States Coast Pilot are included. Most chart notes are consolidated on a single page for easy reference. Emergency information for the charted area is printed on the back cover.

A tip from the D23 Co-Op Charting Dept - click here

NOTE: Use one of NOAA's official printed or digital charts for navigation. BookletCharts DO NOT fulfill chart carriage requirements for regulated commercial vessels under Titles 33 and 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Haversine Navigation

The haversine formula is an equation important in navigation, giving great-circle distances between two points on a sphere from their longitudes and latitudes. It is a special case of a more general formula in spherical trigonometry, the law of haversines, relating the sides and angles of spherical "triangles".

Abstract by Ken Peters  - This is to provide a practical means for cruise planning using either the computer spreadsheet, the hand held calculator, or applications (apps) available for the iPhone or iPad.

Downloads 1) pdf Methodology 2) Excel spreadsheet



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