[amsat-bb] Hector update - Wednesday (24 October) evening

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Wed Oct 24 17:33:52 PDT 2012


Hector CO6CBF is in Miami!  The flight from his home city Cienfuegos 
arrived in the late morning, then Hector went through Customs and 
Immigration at the Miami airport.  After that, he has been spending 
the day with his friends in Miami before I meet up with him tomorrow 
morning.  Hector and I chatted on the phone in the late afternoon 
after I arrived from Phoenix, and - in English and Spanish (he's 
wanting to speak more English this week) - said he was very happy to 
be in Miami.  Hector confirmed he was allowed to stay in the U.S. for 
7 days under his U.S. entry visa, and he will fly home next Wednesday 
(10/31) morning.  

I am not sure Hector has access to his two e-mail accounts back in 
Cuba while he is in the U.S.  I will confirm that in the morning, 
so please be patient if you sent Hector an e-mail and he has not 
responded to it.  I will see him tomorrow morning, and we should be
in Orlando around midday.  

For me, it was almost surreal that I was able to dial a Miami phone
number, instead of a Cuban phone number, and hear Hector's voice on
the other end of the call.  Seven months of work paid off, and now
we can look forward to seeing and hearing Hector at the Symposium
this weekend.  Thanks again to everyone who played a part in this 
effort, no matter how big or small the contribution was, and whether
or not your contribution was monetary or something else.  Everything
fell into place, some of it approaching the last minute, but we did
it.  :-) 


Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK - Plantation, Florida

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