[amsat-bb] Re: Card checkers in Florida

Sebastian w4as at miamisky.com
Wed Jun 3 16:46:34 PDT 2009

Hi Tim, thanks for the quick reply.  Unfortunately the major hamfests  
we had in Florida have already passed.  Sure that would have been the  
easiest way to do it.  I was stuck at about 90 confirmed for a couple  
of months, even though I had sent out a lot of cards, so fortunately I  
worked a few new hams and they are usually quite happy to QSL - BTW  
congratulations to K8GI who I had the pleasure to be his 1st satellite  
QSO recently and I received his card.  Rick if you read this  
reflector, make sure you contact Amsat to get the 1st timer award (or  
whatever it is that it's called) and I'll get your card out tomorrow.

Tomorrow my rotor also goes out to Yaesu, my azimuth rotor stopped  
working just a few days after I received my LVB Tracker, so it looks  
like I'll be off the birds for a while.  I took the rotor off the  
mast, and brought it inside and used a smaller cable and it does the  
same thing, constant hum, and it's stuck at 180 degrees south, and  
every time power is applied it attempts to try to continue to move  
south.  I spoke to one of their techs and he told me it was probably a  
potentiometer inside, based on the information I gave him.  I mention  
this because I did some searching on Google last night about Yaesu and  
their rotor repairs, and for everyone's information and contrary to  
popular belief, Yaesu continues to service their rotors.

73 de W4AS

On Jun 3, 2009, at 7:09 PM, n3tl at bellsouth.net wrote:

> Hey Sebastian,
> Not sure about Florida checkers ... but I wonder if you have any  
> hamfests coming up near you? You'll often find clubs that will offer  
> card-checking at hamfests. I know a couple of guys who've had their  
> cards checked at hamfests up in this part of the world to either  
> earn their initial VUCC or to earn an endorsement.
> Best of luck finding someone, and contgratulations on reaching  
> Satellite VUCC.
> 73,
> Tim - N3TL

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