[amsat-bb] Re: AO40 contacts

books47925@mypacks.net books47925 at mypacks.net
Fri Feb 4 15:23:22 PST 2011

Hello Everyone,
    Clare, I certainly do miss AO-40, along with AO-13, and AO-10 :(
Thanks for all the QSO's, & QSL's! Many friends were made via satellite!
    Has anything been heard from AO-10 lately? I knew it went
into sleep mode for a long rest, but it would just show up again without notice.
My satellite antennas are down, and I can't listen for it :(
    Floyd, AO-40 was used by many during it's short life. I have at least
50 DXCC confirmed from AO-40 QSO's! I just wonder what it would have been like,
since more DX Peditions were inclined to take along a small dish and yagi,
and be able to work DX via satellite.
    Mike, I remember the AO-40 - 24 GHz QSO's from the parking lot of Dayton Hamvention,
they were a blast! Thank You for the 10 GHz terrestrial QSO last Summer too!
I hope we can break a record on 24 GHz this summer! Please e-mail me when the time
gets closer.
    Clare, it was very nice to see the calls you mentioned in your post.
I often wonder about many of the operators that we worked.
I hope they are all well.

de KB8VAO, Steve

-----Original Message-----
>From: n1jez at burlingtontelecom.net
>Sent: Feb 4, 2011 7:16 AM
>To: amsat-bb <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
>Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AO40 contacts
>Those were fun days Clare!
>My most challenging contacts were made using K band (24 GHz down). First 
>contact was on 4/20/2002 with Jerry, K5OE.
>I think the only mode I never got to try was 2.4 GHz up. I have the 
>transverter sitting here in my shack, but AO-40 went bang before I got to 
>use it. The plan was S/k.
>Mike, N1JEZ
>AMSAT 29649
>"A closed mouth gathers no feet"
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Clare Fowler" <clarefowler at rogers.com>
>Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AO40 contacts
>>I made over 1300 contacts on AO-40 during its 2 3/4 years of operation.
>> The first QSO was on 05/05/01 at 08:17 with  Mike N1JEZ on U/S
>> then at 08:39 worked Dom I8CVS, at 08:52 Fred CU8AO, and at 09:03 Frank
>> DL6DBN.
>> I then fired up my FT-736R on 1.2 GHz and at 09:44 worked Steve KB8VAO 
>> with
>> both
>> of us making our 1st L/S QSO on AO-40 and then at 09:55 worked Mike N1JEZ
>> for his first L/S contact.
>> On the 25th and 26th of Jan 2003 an AO-40 QSO party was held.
>> 30 logs were submitted from 14 countries.
>> I made 107 QSO's with 19 DXCC countries.
>> My last contact was on 28/01/04 at 20:39 with DG4DW.
>> My next log entry was at 29/01/04 at 01:35 with Jerry W0SAT and
>> my log note is "we talked about AO-40 gone"
>> In spite of the fact AO-40 had major problems and never operated near it's
>> original
>> design I think it was a very successful amateur satellite.
>> Bob (W7LRD); I guess all we can do now is remember the good old days and 
>> cry
>> on
>> each others shoulders. SOB SOB
>> Clare VE3NPC
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Floyd Rodgers" <kc5qbc at swbell.net>
>> Subject: [amsat-bb] AO40 contacts
>>> Did anyone manage to bag any contacts off A040 before it's sad event?
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