[amsat-bb] Re: Been A While

Tim Cunningham tim_cunningham at charter.net
Sat Jul 4 23:13:44 PDT 2009

Hi Joel,

It is great to hear you on the BB. I hope to work you on the birds when I 
get my antennas back in the air. We moved south of the Tennessee River near 

Our daughter is now 3 years old (my classmates have grandchildren) and 
giving me a little more time to play radio.

We managed to earn Field Day bonus points using an Arrow antenna the last 2 
years. Alan, WB5RMG, brought his equipment out to the Field Day site this 
year and it worked great, but boy was it HOT outside under a canopy tent.

As soon as the honey-do list is completed at the new house, my antennas will 
be back in the air, but it is 'Arm Strong' pointing at the moment.


Tim - N8DEU

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <jbblack68 at gmail.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Friday, July 03, 2009 5:48 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Been A While

> It's been quite a while since I have been on this BB. I got out of the
> hobby for about four years but I am working my way back in. I used to be
> KS4AW then K2SAT. Now I'm W4JBB. I don't even know if some of the folks 
> who
> were involved in AMSAT are even still around. I do searches on their
> webpages and either get nothing or no updates in years - I don't dive past
> the first search results page. These are a few I remember:
> K5OE
> K6YK
> There were many others too.
> I am getting my equipment slowly out of storage (I have it stored all over
> the house apparently). I had a FODtrack interface and found a partial 
> build
> of the G6LVB tracker. I cannot remember if I finished the LVB tracker or
> not. I have a cutout for and LCD display, but no display in it. My dad has
> my '847, but he's not using it and I'll get it back in the next week. I
> left my tower up with my 2m/70cm antennas and the G5400 rotor. Feedline is
> still there too... partially. I guess my only question about gear is what
> should I use for auto-tracking with a Vista box? Like I said, I *had* a
> FODtrack interface, but I cannot find it. I also have a partially built 
> tracker. I have a parallel PCI card I can install in the Vista machine but
> I wonder if anyone has had any luck with that setup... I'm not opposed to
> booting up into Linux either.
> I have looked at the AMSAT homepage and there is only a small fraction of
> satellites still available. I have renewed my membership and am really
> looking forward to getting back on the birds. I think I have rambled 
> enough.
> 73,
> Joel, W4JBB
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