[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 update - "Thanks"
morsesat at optonline.net
Tue Mar 15 17:02:36 PDT 2011
Welcome to the club... I look forward to hearing you on one of the birds..
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of James Luhn
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 6:54 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-51 update - "Thanks"
I would like to say "Thank You" to all who manage AO-51 and all of the other
Amateur Radio Satellites. I am new to satellites but not new to Amateur
Radio. I recently celebrated 50 years as a Ham and my first contact via a
satellite. My first contact via AO-51 brought back so many memories of my
first contact as a Novice at 11 years old. When I mentioned that I was
making my first contact via satellite, the users that afternoon welcomed me
with open arms and I soon had stations calling me as a #2, a #3, and even a
#4 contact. Everyone was so forgiving of my excitement with getting calls
mixed up, unbelievable phonetics, and probably poor operating etiquette.
There is nothing more exciting than to hear your call coming through the
satellite after you get enough nerve to transmit. I listened for at least
100 passes before I dared hit the transmit switch. After all the listening,
I still probably got it all mixed up. To me this was the ultimate stage
fright! Thank you again to all involved. You gave me an opportunity to add
another day in my life that I will never forget. What a great hobby we
73's and 88's to all!
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