[amsat-bb] Re: Scottsdale AZ hamfest - report

Gould Smith gouldsmi at bellsouth.net
Sat Mar 12 23:03:09 PST 2011


Patrick,

Thank you for the report and all the great work you do promoting satellite 
operation for AMSAT.

73,
Gould, WA4SXM


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)" <amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, March 13, 2011 1:41 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Scottsdale AZ hamfest - report


> Hi!
>
> Thanks to all the stations across the USA and Mexico for the 18
> contacts during 6 different passes while I was at the Scottsdale
> (Arizona) Spring Hamfest.  Two passes each, on 3 different
> satellites (AO-7, SO-50, VO-52), during the half-day hamfest.
> Lots of people stopped by my AMSAT table, and - as I've seen at
> other hamfests - larger crowds showing up for the SSB satellite
> demonstrations.  Weather was perfect, and I was able to stand
> outside without a jacket from about 0600 local (1300 UTC), before
> sunrise.
>
> Toward the end of the morning, I was answering lots of questions
> about my two FT-817NDs and SSB satellite operating.  Many have
> seen demonstrations of FM satellite operating, or seen the many
> videos online, but not too many see SSB satellite operating.
> Several commented that they could put together a station with a
> larger multiband all-mode transceiver like an FT-857 or IC-706
> with an FT-817 as a receiver.  The hamfest wrapped up around 1900
> UTC, but I was standing and talking with people for at least a
> full hour past the official end of the hamfest.  A good thing!
>
> Also, thanks to the Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club for a great
> event at a new location, and for providing AMSAT with a space
> at the hamfest.  This new location, at a church, had lots of
> covered parking used for vendors and others representing clubs
> or organizations.  I was directed to a couple of spaces in the
> covered parking area, which was ideal for everyone except me.
> Pointing my log periodic through the cover was not going to be
> a good thing, and I was able to get a couple of uncovered parking
> spaces for my truck and table before the hamfest got under way.
>
> The past couple of days have been very busy, with my quick road
> trip to the San Diego area followed by this hamfest closer to
> home.  Other than trying to work ND9M tomorrow :-)  I don't plan
> on doing too much.  One relatively quiet day out of a 4-day
> weekend is a good thing.  The next hamfest I will attend with an
> AMSAT table will be in Tucson two weeks from now, on Saturday
> 26 March.
>
> 73!
>
>
>
>
> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
> http://www.wd9ewk.net/
>
>
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