[amsat-bb] Re: Guess who turns 19 tomorrow??

w4upd updwrb at bristor-assoc.com
Thu Jan 22 05:21:42 PST 2009

Yep kind of neat! Even fun working AO-16 in its "unintended" mode. I 
looked and noticed that I still have all of the archived telemetry from 
all 4 birds from launch until 6 - 12 months out.

Reid, W4UPD

Alan Sieg WB5RMG wrote:
> I'll have to dig out some of the pictures I took in the Microsat Lab
> in Boulder Colorado, as they were under construction . . .
>  - some of the test images from WO-18  (hard to call those pictures now)
>  - a flowchart I made for TLMDC ...     Sounds like a new webpage.!.
>  I'll let yall know when it's ready.
> I've been so proud of the ol' AO-16 bird, I made solder connections for
> batteries, solar panels & regulators (BCR) on all four spacecraft. Who'd
> have ever thought it would enjoy such a 2nd life as a voice repeater.
> Speakin of the Microsat launch of 1990
> - does anyone know the whereabouts of Dave Cowdin - WD0HHU ?
> He was there in Kourou for the launch campaign,
> but I've not heard anything from/about him for years and years now...
> He used to conduct AMSAT HF nets, and our local nets in Denver.
> * Mark, of course didn't recognize your N8MH - but your name looked more
> and more familiar as I wrote this. I looked back in my log sheets for 1990,
> and found AO-16 contacts with KB5MU, WD0E, KC4EBR, KC4SA, WJ9F, WA4SXM ...
> all on the same page. It says you were in WhiteRock NM at the time.
> Just readin those callsigns now, I can hear that raspy PB on PSK downlink...
> and hear the FT-736 beepin crazy trying to keep up with the 437 doppler.
> Seems you and Gene were on there most every night. You were my 4th AO-16
> contact logged at 1904 on 30 Sept 1990. I guess that was via the digi,
> as I didn't log messages sent via PB/PG. We must have spent months
> collecting telemetry with Jim - WD0E, before we indulged in QSOs.
> Then I took down my tower and moved.
> My goodness - how time flies, nearly 20 years since I left Colorado . . .
>  and you're in NC now...   and I'm in Huntsville.    Who'da thunkit.
>    My my my  ~ ~ ~ ~
>      * Thanks for the memory jog Mark      73 for now     /;^)
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