[amsat-bb] SO-50 Yesterday at 1738Z
gkcarr at go-express.net
gkcarr at go-express.net
Tue Aug 25 02:50:23 UTC 2015
Early in my USA hamsat days, I had an Icom W32A, Arrow and paper/pencil. I operated the radios, my xyl the logging and 16 yr old daughter the rotating! A family affair! The two ladies did not miss the mosquitoes during evening passes when I upgraded to the in shack radios and Yaesu 5400 rotor!
From: "James Lea - WX4TV" <james at wx4tv.com>
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2015 20:23
To: "Scott Richardson" <scott.xot at gmail.com>
Cc: "amsat-bb at amsat.org" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] SO-50 Yesterday at 1738Z
She used to use a tripod and will probably use it again in the future. This worked very well, but she wanted to try another way. I believe that kids learn by making mistakes. Trying to hand hold the antenna and radios is a mistake! She will learn.
The big issue with writing call signs for her is that she is still learning to write. Remember, she is a very young kid. As her writing improves, she will be able to do the paper method. All in time.
Thanks and 73,
> On Aug 24, 2015, at 8:55 PM, Scott Richardson <scott.xot at gmail.com> wrote:
>> wasn’t able to write down the callsign while holding two radios and an antenna.
> When I started out, it took me only one or two passes to realize I needed a tripod. I know I'm not the only one to have cobbled together a frame that mounts on a tripod and holds the antenna, two radios, a timepiece, and operating aids. Seven years later, this system is still working great.
> Call me old fashioned, but a pad and pencil are indispensable for my operations. I usually note several callsigns and grid squares before making any calls, and if someone not on my list calls me, I'm quick to write their call down. This method requires no extra wires and no batteries, while creating a record that's easy to reference both during and after the pass. It's a rare occasion that I want to listen to an SO-50 pass again after getting through it "live."
> 73, Scott N1AIA
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