[amsat-bb] Re: My first satellite contact

Mark Vandewettering mvandewettering at gmail.com
Sat May 31 08:11:07 PDT 2008

On May 30, 2008, at 7:46 PM, Piyumi Perera wrote:

> Hi to the BB,
> My name is Piyumi Perera and I am a 10 year old YL living in  
> Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Today I was so excited because I made my  
> first satellite contact on AO-51 at 00:52 UTC. It was an even more  
> special contact for me as the station was from Alaska, KL7XJ.

Congratulations on your first satellite contact!

> I used an Icom IC-W32A handheld at 5 watts with an Arrow antenna.

I began working the satellites starting last year, after hearing AO-51  
broadcasting a message celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sputnik.   
Since then, I've had fun working people all over the U.S., Canada and  
Mexico, From Toronto to Hawaii, from Alaska to the Socoros Islands  
using my TH-D7A handheld into an Arrow antenna.  It's a blast.  Here's  
hoping that the big dogs move aside some time in the future and allow  
us poor QRP satelliters to have a QSO.

> I thank KL7XJ for making my first satellite contact possible. It was  
> a lot of fun, and hope to make more satellite contacts in the future.

Checking my own blog, I found out that I worked KL7XJ back in January,  
along VA7VW.  Here's
a link to my mp3 of the pass.



	Mark KF6KYI CM87
> 73,
> Piyumi Perera VE4WPL - EN19
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