[amsat-bb] Re: Wyatt AC0RA, a skilled and dedicated operator
K4FEG at K4FEG.COM
Sat Jan 28 09:07:53 PST 2012
On 1/28/2012 10:01, Clayton Coleman W5PFG wrote:
> 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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and he owns PREAMPS! yes I said it!
The preamp that you don't need, unless you want to push the envelope!
If mediocrity is your ultimate goal, use the minimalist approach,
simple, cheap, but if you wish to truly enjoy the full limits of
satellite communications, give yourself the tools to do the job!
JOB WELL DONE WYATT!
YOU AND ERIC (ON4HF) DESERVE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE!
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