[amsat-bb] Those were the days
glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Thu Feb 12 15:45:55 UTC 2015
While the 817 in Navassa does indeed belong to me, AMSAT does have a IC-910, two Arrows, and a D7 full duplex HT available for loan. The D7 and a now retired Arrow went to K5D.
What I need help with is identifying dxpeditions, convincing them that they can do satellite, then convincing them to practice ahead of time. I'd be glad to set this up as a position within operations for the right volunteer.
73, Drew KO4MA
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> On Feb 12, 2015, at 10:33 AM, RSoifer1 at aol.com wrote:
> Yes, there's certainly less interest in satellite operating than 30-40
> years agp, but here's what we did.
> Most satellite DXers were also active HF DXers, and any time we worked
> someone in a country or state we needed on OSCAR, we would talk up satellte
> operating. :The informal leaders of this actiivity were Ben, W2BXA, and Pat,
> G3IOR. Ben is now SK but Pat is very much alive and kicking at 84.
> Unfortunately, though, the only operating he does these days is FM on his local
> Since most of the people we worked already had good 10m setups, all they
> needed to get on Mode A was a 2m transmitter and antenna. They usually could
> cannibalize the latter from their FM rigs or borrow one from a neighbor, so
> all they needed was the transmitter. Ben got a few used Ameco TX-62s and
> appropriate crystals, and we appointed him AMSAT Loaner Equipment Manager. A
> DX station op could borrow a TX-62 free for several months, as long as he
> agreed to put it on the air and, when the loan was over, ship it to the next
> borrower at his own expense. That arrangement worked fine for several years
> until AO-10 came along. A bit like Drew loaning equipment to the K1N guys.
> Glad to see activity perking up. Hope it keeps going.
> 73 Ray W2RS
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