[amsat-bb] thanks for contacts during WD9EWK demo tonight!

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Mon Sep 21 23:49:14 PDT 2009


Thanks to the 14 stations in the western parts of the USA and 
Canada for making contacts with WD9EWK during my demonstration 
for the Tri-City Amateur Radio Association in Goodyear, Arizona,
on AO-51 tonight.  A special thank-you goes out to Rick WA4NVM - 
sorry we could not hook up and complete a QSO, which could have
been the 15th during the demonstration.  You were the easternmost 
station I heard on that pass, and I did mention that to the crowd
during the demo.  Clint K6LCS, who seems to have a never-ending
lineup of demonstrations on various weeknights around southern 
California, took time to drop in on the pass and say hello to the
group.  Thanks!  With you and other experienced satellite operators
showing up, that helps make a good impression on those who have had
little or no exposure to satellite operating before tonight.  

Even though the demonstration came before, and not after, the
presentation I gave to the club - it all worked out very well.
The club moved its meeting location to this spot in grid DM33tk, 
which looked out over an open field to the west.  The club also 
requested that members show up an hour or so earlier than the normal 
starting time for their monthly meetings, to take in the satellite
demonstration.  Their flexibility to accomodate an AO-51
demonstration is great, and thanks also have to go to AMSAT's AO-51 
Operations Group for ensuring a V/U FM voice repeater would be 
available for this evening.  

After the meeting and presentation, I followed several members
to a post-meeting gathering at a nearby restaurant.  I stayed
there for an hour or so, until the gathering began to break up.
It was a fun time to keep chatting with the club members about 
satellite operating and other radio-related topics.  

Time for bed...  73!


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