[amsat-bb] PACIFICON a Blast!

Clint Bradford clintbradford at mac.com
Mon Oct 17 10:06:35 PDT 2011

PACIFICON in Santa Clara was a blast! Had a great time.

Arrived Friday mid-day - in plenty of time to work AO-51 at 4:30PM PDT.

Saturday, of course, was non-stop fun. Gordo emcee'd breakfast. I gave my satellite show twice - right before and right after lunch. Standing room only group of 56 attendees for the first show. About 47 for the second show. Then we worked passes outside: A0-27 "showed up" mid-pass for us at about 245PM PDT. Then AO-51 again for a GREAT pass at about 3:53PM PDT.

The event didn't formally get a request in to work Commander Fossom aboard the ISS for his 3:06AM PDT pass on early Saturday morning ... He worked a Scout group FIVE MINUTES before streaking across Santa Clara - but his radios were already turned OFF for a while. BUT our group of several kids/Scouts/parents/hotel security staff enjoyed a video I had set up on Fossum's NASA career, and we all had a great time - albeit 3 o'clock in the morning ... (grin)

The PACIFICON organization is a first-class group. They treat their speakers well ... offer all aspects of the hobby to their attendees ... and gave it all to us in a comfortable venue (Santa Clara Marriott). They will be hosting the NATIONAL ARRL Convention next year!

The organizers gave me a table right inside the front door of the exhibition hall - couldn't have asked for better placement. AMSAT Symposium flyers and sat sheets and more were handed out to attendees.

More will be posted on my Work-Sat YahooGroup later this week.

Clint Bradford, K6LCS

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