[amsat-bb] Re: KD8KSN/8 EN70 Monday

Rick Tejera saguaroastro at cox.net
Mon Nov 29 14:54:14 PST 2010

I often set up in the parking lot of my office, which happens to be right
across the street from Scottsdale Airport, a busy corporate jet field. It
took about 3 days in a row before someone asked me what I was doing. They
took me up on my offer to let them plug in to listen to the pass once I told

I don't particularly worry about it as I have my license on me if someone in
law enforcement asks what I'm doing. I also would not operate from an area
that I don't have permission or a right to be on.

I also geocache, a hobby that often requires stealth and found that and
orange workers safety vest, hardhat and a clipboard go a long way to giving
the impression that you A) are at work, b) have some kind of authority to be
where you are.

On the lighter side I was working AO27 from my front yard once and when my
next door neighbor asked, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to tell him I
was contacting the Mother Ship. It was worth the look on his face.

Clear Skies

Rick Tejera
Editor SACnews,
Public Outreach Coordinator
Saguaro Astronomy Club
Phoenix, Arizona
saguaroastro at cox.net 
K7TEJ, AMSAT 38452

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Edward R. Cole
Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 15:13
To: Zachary Beougher; amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: KD8KSN/8 EN70 Monday

At 12:37 PM 11/29/2010, Zachary Beougher wrote:
>I apologize if there were any stations looking for me on HO68 
>today.  We ended up leaving Troy sooner than I thought.  Even though 
>I wanted to get on HO68, I think it worked out best that we left 
>early - I was receiving several questioning looks from employees 
>coming out of their offices to see what I was up to along with 
>pedestrians and people driving by.  If anyone has any tips on how to 
>make yourself not "stick out like a sore thumb", I sure would 
>appreciate it! =) 73! Zack KD8KSN -----snip

Ha! Well Arrow waving is bound to attract attention.

So buy some dark sunglasses, wear dark or gray dress clothes, black 
shoes, and drive a black suburban with plain-wall tires and no fancy 
wheels (aka gov't car).  Pad under your left arm under your suit 
jacket so it looks like you are "carrying".  I'll bet that would do 
it?  People will conspicuously avoid contact.

73, Ed - KL7UW, WD2XSH/45
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