[amsat-bb] Re: Saturday @ Mesa AZ hamfest
saguaroastro at cox.net
Sun Dec 5 20:50:54 PST 2010
As always Patrick, good to see you, Unfortunately I had to leave early due
to family obligations, but the highlight of the hamfest for me would come
later that afternoon: I had a message on my phone telling me I'd won the
Grand Prize in the raffle! I now have in my lap a brand new Yaesu FT8900R
quad band radio!
Looking forward to the Thunderbird hamfest in January. Hopefully I'll be
able to work a pass or two between working the Club table & browsing.
See you then
Public Outreach Coordinator
Saguaro Astronomy Club
saguaroastro at cox.net
K7TEJ, AMSAT 38452
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2010 20:41
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Saturday @ Mesa AZ hamfest
Thanks for all the QSOs during demonstrations I gave at the
Superstition Amateur Radio Club's annual hamfest in Mesa,
Arizona, yesterday. I worked 2 passes each on AO-7, VO-52,
and HO-68, along with one SO-50 pass. I apologize if you
were trying for me on the SO-50 pass around 1719 UTC, as I
was chatting with Leo W7JPI and Larry WA6DIR, who both made
the trip to Phoenix for the hamfest during that pass.
During the VO-52 passes, instead of using my normal SSB satellite
setup (two FT-817NDs), I used only one of the 817s with the all-
mode receiver in the Kenwood TH-F6A tri-band HT. I bought this
radio a few weeks ago, using the $100 Kenwood voucher I won at the
AMSAT Symposium a couple of months ago (thanks to Kenwood and the
Symposium organizers in the Chicago area for that, and all of the
prizes they had on offer), mainly to make use of the all-mode
receiver to shrink the size of my SSB satellite station this way.
The 817's SSB receiver at 2m and 70cm is better than the all-mode
receiver in the TH-F6A, but the little HT works OK. The HT makes
a huge impression on the audience, seeing an FT-817 and an HT as
the station I'm using for SSB satellite work. It will go in my
carry-on bag with the other stuff I take on trips where I work
The crowds - buyers and sellers - were larger yesterday than in the
past several years. At 0615 local (1315 UTC, about an hour before
sunrise), there was a line almost a half-mile (almost a km) long to
get into the hamfest. Traffic was backed out onto a street and
almost all the way to a freeway interchange, just to get into the
hamfest in the dark! It's been a long time since I've seen that at
a Phoenix-area hamfest. Along with W7JPI and WA6DIR, a couple of
other satellite regulars stopped by my AMSAT table - John N7JK, and
Rick K7TEJ. Thanks to the Superstation Amateur Radio Club for
providing AMSAT a space at their hamfest!
If anyone who worked WD9EWK during the hamfest wants a QSL card,
please e-mail me with the QSO details. I'll get a card out to you,
if you're in the log. Thanks again to all, and 73!
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