[amsat-bb] Re: 1 Year on the birds

Mark L. Hammond marklhammond at gmail.com
Sat Mar 12 18:00:34 PST 2011

Hi Michael,

Happy Anniversary :)  Grabbing K4T as your first is pretty awesome.

Hey, why don't you come to RARSFest and help me with the AMSAT table?  Or do a demo ;)


Mark N8MH 

At 08:17 PM 3/12/2011 -0500, Michael Elliott wrote:
>Hello everyone on the board,
>Yesterday was celebration of my first year on the birds.  I will never
>forget that first QSO with K4T on SO-50 last year.  I couldn't believe
>someone actually heard me and came back.  That was a real thrill.  During
>this first year I even made a couple of contacts with the Space Station
>which again really surprised me.  I have learned so much from you guys and I
>am not going try to name specific operators because I am afraid I will leave
>someone out - thank you all.  I appreciate the patience you guys have shown
>and continue to show me as I still make mistakes and continue to learn.
>My wife still says I am strange for walking around in the yard with a
>antenna and will ask from time to time if I contacted any aliens. If there
>is any comfort in that, it is at least starting to get warm here in NC.
>Along the same lines, I have co-workers who ask if I have found the tagged
>wildlife yet.  Luckily I have friends who understand...
>I am hopeful that this second year will allow me to get on the transponders
>and learn even more about this fascinating part of amateur radio.
>I don't want to bore anyone with details, but I have confirmed 44 states and
>worked a few more.  As for total contacts which does include multiple
>contacts from the same operators is a little over 700.
>Anyway I just wanted to post a quick thank you to all of those who have
>offered me such great advice and shown patience.
>73's and thanks again,
>Michael, K4MOA
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