[amsat-bb] Tonight's Presentation
clintbradford at mac.com
Thu Nov 19 23:55:41 PST 2009
A couple notes surrounding my AMSAT presentation in Torrance, CA this
1. THANK YOU to whichever AO-51 commander flipped AO-51 to V/U today.
It was scheduled to go to V/U at 00:00GMT on the 20th - which was
4:00PM on the 19th my local time. And the pass I wanted to work was
just 42 minutes later. And it was ON!
2. Don't know exactly how to explain it, but the pass today at 4:42PM
Pacific Standard Time didn't exhibit the "normal" silencing, then
faint voices, then stronger voices. It plainly BLASTED into
discernible conversations, and we we were able to work it much sooner
than "normal." We were not hidden behind foothills. It was a pretty
clear shot South to AOS. It really floored me - in a most positive
way. It was dramatic.
3. Thanks to KI6VBY Tim for showing up for the pass. He isn't a member
of the club I was speaking to. But he follows AMSAT-BB, and has
cruised my sat Web site, and wanted to meet me and work the bird
together. Glad he got to meet Carl Gardenias, too. Tim's no "newbie
amateur" - he has built several portable HF antennas for events, and
has a great, analytical mind. He's also served our country in the
military, and is working on advanced degrees in college. He had to
leave right after the pass today, in order to get some school study
time completed. When he has time, he'll be a valuable asset to
whichever club he joins.
4. Another thanks to ARRL Orange Section guru Carl Gardenias, who
helped me carry my bags to/from the meeting room. "I wanted to see
your show in person," Carl advised. He said he only cringed once at
my humor during the presentation ...
That's it for in-person presentations this year. I still have two
Internet shows lined up (EchoLink) in December. And a date in January
already made. Thanks for a great year, AMSAT-BB folks!
Clint Bradford, K6LCS
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