[amsat-bb] Re: WD9EWK - Hardest Workin' AMSATter

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Tue Oct 12 08:39:27 PDT 2010

Hi Clint!

> When he slides into his car, he is ALWAYS stopping alongside a highway to
> work a satellite. (Did you see the video he posted yesterday? He is LITERALLY
> stopped alongside a highway just to work a bird for our benefit.)

For the pass shown in the video from Saturday, I was out in the Holiday Inn
parking lot near the end of the lunch break working that pass.  Adrian AA5UK
and another ham were also out there.  Adrian was planning to listen to the pass
and maybe work some stations, then decided to wander over to my setup.  He
had the thought to roll the video about halfway through the pass,
something I didn't
think of at the time (I didn't consider this a "demonstration", even
though I had an
external speaker hooked up to my radio once I saw someone standing near me
to watch what I was doing.

As for stopping along the highway to work a bird, you heard me do that Sunday
evening when we had our contact on AO-51.  I found a spot on the EN40tx/EN41ta
grid boundary north of Galesburg IL, along a county road surrounded by farmland,
and had a good view to the west for that 6-degree maximum pass.  I also worked
AO-7 and FO-29 after AO-51 went away Sunday evening, and a couple of early
morning AO-51 passes before making my drive back to O'Hare for the flight home.
I will scribble more about the post-Symposium road trip later.

Hope to hear you next Saturday, when I'm at a hamfest in Tucson that morning.
More on that in a separate message.  Now, back to getting caught up on the
paperwork and e-mails that accumulated from being out of the office for a few



P.S.: Thanks to all for the kind words in this thread and others posted in the
past couple of days. I'm not the only one that works hard on behalf of AMSAT,
so let's not forget the others.  As mentioned earlier, a bunch of people were
recognized at the Symposium for their hard work on behalf of this organization.

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