[amsat-bb] Wyatt AC0RA, a skilled and dedicated operator
Clayton Coleman W5PFG
kayakfishtx at gmail.com
Sat Jan 28 08:01:28 PST 2012
Wyatt Dirks AC0RA is very passionate about his satellite operations.
Having started with a home brew antenna, he has experimented with
several portable station configurations including LPDA’s, commercial
Arrows, and recently added a 13-element M2 beam.
Just today, January 28, he made a 6,941km contact with ON4HF using
AO-7 mode B. While this is several hundred kilometers below the
distance record for mode B contacts, it is important to note that
Wyatt performed this feat completely portable, without a set of
cross-polarized beams, without automated antenna tracking, and more
importantly – out in the cold Iowa weather.
He’s recently been making contacts with other stations in Europe.
This does not come easily in a portable setting from the mid-USA
states. Many folks who have been around for a long time, who have
“been there and done that,” may not see this as much of an
accomplishment. I assure you if we had satellites capable of greater
distance contacts, Wyatt would be on them pushing the limits of their
capabilities with minimal equipment.
Not only does Wyatt posses the right equipment, he demonstrates skill
and dedication, something uncommon in young men his age just shy of 20
years old. We should encourage operators of this caliber as they will
be our future engineers and friends in the space frontier.
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