[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 end of mission

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Tue Nov 29 20:06:51 PST 2011

Hi Mark!

> We essentially got "a free, bonus overtime" from July 2010 until now.
> We thought it was about gone back then...check  your logs and see just
> how many QSOs you made on AO-51 from the end of July 2010 until the
> end of November 2011 (and then check how many overall during the 7.5
> year).   I suspect the cumulative number of contacts would be
> staggering.

Since you asked.....   :-)

With all my personal calls, I have logged a total of 10931 satellite
QSOs.  Of those, 4891 (44.7%) were on AO-51's different
configurations, made from locations across the continental USA
as well as from Canada and Mexico.  Since July 2010, I have logged
2233 satellite QSOs, with 574 of those (25.7%) on AO-51.  My last
AO-51 QSOs were logged on 13 November.

As others have said, AO-51 was the satellite that brought me into
this part of our hobby.  I had been a member of AMSAT for a few
years before then, worked a couple of stations on SO-35 in 2000
and a QSO on UO-14 in 2003, and even pitched in a little $$$ to
help toward the AO-51 launch fundraising campaign in 2004.
Once I started on AO-51, I tried SO-50 and AO-27, the ISS
cross-band repeater when it was active, and then on to SSB
and CW via satellite.  And it's still fun.......   :-)

> Looking forward to Fox-1(and siblings...) !!

Yes!  As we continue using other satellites that remain operational,
here's hoping we are able to use the Fox satellites and those from
other AMSAT groups in the near future.



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