[amsat-bb] Re: Sat Presentation in Illinois

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Wed Mar 17 14:00:32 PDT 2010

Hi Clint!

> I just finished giving my "How to Work Amateur Satellites with Low Power"
> presentation to a classroom in Southern Illinois.

Great job, especially using Skype for a two-way video hookup.  You're a
bit ahead of me in doing that, but that is something I have thought about
with some presentations for groups in Mexico.  Skype would work great
for that, if I am not able to be there myself.

I had a question about one item you mentioned at the end of your message:

> So, presenters: I guess we are no longer limited to "hundred mile radii"
> restrictions for our shows!

What is this limit that you speak of?  ;-)  I, and my truck, have never heard
anything about that.  For me here in Phoenix, anything I've been to outside
the Phoenix metropolitan area has involved a drive of at least 100 miles
one-way.  One presentation I gave last year was a 250-mile (400km) drive,
across a state line and an international boundary (not too far past that
boundary, in Mexicali - across from Calexico and El Centro CA).  I enjoy
doing that, and many times combine the drive to a hamfest with additional
travel for some sightseeing and/or radio operating away from home.

I hope it is really not a restriction, but a guideline to help AMSAT's Area
Coordinators to not go overboard on their travels to different events.  I
routinely drive one-way distances of 100 to 200 miles (160-320km) for other
events in Arizona, and along with other driving for sightseeing and/or radio
operating add many more miles/km to that.  I plan to continue doing this,
starting with a hamfest on 27 March in Tucson (120 miles/200km southeast
of me).  If I didn't enjoy this, I would not do it.



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