[amsat-bb] Re: Wyatt AC0RA, a skilled and dedicated operator

Clayton Coleman W5PFG kayakfishtx at gmail.com
Sat Jan 28 14:39:28 PST 2012

Wyatt has been working on a website covering a lot of his work on the
satellites.  It has photos and descriptions of some of his gear (his
satellite box is cool):


On Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 2:18 PM, John Geiger <aa5jg at fidmail.com> wrote:
> I have worked Wyatt many times on the FM sats but didn't know he was doing
> the SSB sats until recently when I saw his posting looking for Hawaii on AO7
> or FO29.  Do you know what he is using for a satellite radio on those sats?
> 73s John AA5JG
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Clayton Coleman W5PFG"
> <kayakfishtx at gmail.com>
> To: "AMSAT" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 4:01 PM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Wyatt AC0RA, a skilled and dedicated operator
> 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.
> 73,
> Clayton
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