[amsat-bb] Hamfest @ Tucson AZ, Saturday (16 October)
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Wed Oct 13 09:17:49 PDT 2010
On Saturday (16 October) morning, AMSAT will have a table at the
annual Old Pueblo Radio Club hamfest in Tucson, Arizona. This is
a half-day hamfest, located at the Kino Community Center on Ajo
Way, east of I-10 and the Tucson Electric Park baseball stadium.
The hamfest starts early in the morning, and will probably wrap
up by midday.
Along with the AMSAT table, WD9EWK will be on various satellites
for demonstrations - both in SSB and FM. I am obviously aware
that Saturday is also the Jamboree on the Air, and will try to do
my part to help that activity while at the hamfest. If there are
Scouts at the hamfest, I will offer them the opportunity to work
passes. I did this in 2008, allowing a Boy Scout from Tucson a
chance to work AO-51 and make his first satellite contacts as I
managed the radio and antenna for him. If I have a chance to
repeat that, I will. If the Scout is a licensed ham, the Scout's
call may be heard on the satellites instead of mine. Otherwise,
as in the last couple of years, I will try to work stations with
Scouts and also listen in on their QSOs with others.
After the hamfest, I haven't decided on the route I will take for
the drive home. I may take a longer route to visit some other
grids, or possibly the Arizona/New Mexico state line, or I may
linger around Tucson before taking the direct route home. I will
post more about my post-hamfest plans on Friday or Saturday.
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