[amsat-bb] Re: I'm Missing Somethin'

John Geiger aa5jg at fidmail.com
Tue Jul 5 19:48:02 PDT 2011

I have been licensed for 31 years now.  I have 8 band DXCC, 3 different VUCC 
awards on 6m, VUCC on 2m, 5 band worked all states, and 317 countries worked 
and confirmed, and I STILL get excited whenever I work a new grid on the FM 
satellites.  Part of the fun is the challenge of getting thru the pileups on 

73s John AA5JG

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Clint Bradford" <clintbradford at mac.com>
To: "AMSAT BB" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 2:00 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: I'm Missing Somethin'

> You wrote on the AMSAT-BB message server ...
> "Other then very very easy to use what is the BIG deal about
> the FM sats? I must be missing something since having a very
> bad out come when I did (once) to use one. I have got to be
> missing something."
> I am not sure what you are "expecting" from the existing FM satellites.
> I am in my mid-50s as far as age goes, and still get excited at the 
> wonderful
> technology that the FM birds exhibit.
> And although I have given my presentation entitled, "How to Work the
> FM Ham Satellites With Your HT" presentation more than 60 times to
> various clubs and audiences the past couple of years, I continue to find
> appreciative audiences for this aspect of this wonderful hobby.
> SO ... I do not completely understand "where you're coming from" as
> you tell us that thius might not be a "big deal" in the ham radio world.
> Yes, you and I know that workin' the FM sats is TRULY an example of
> the "line of sight" theory that we all read about while studying for our 
> ham
> radio licenses.
> But as I make my presentations to clubs all over North America, I
> continue to find appreciative audiences, as others seem to not realize
> that with a "mere" Technician" amateur radio so much more than just
> working stations across the valley or hitting those hilltop repeaters.
> SO ... What's the "big deal?"  It's something that "mere Technicians"
> can do in this magnificent hobby - in addition to "normal" voice
> privileges - and a privilege that is, IMHO, a truly remarkable and
> exciting aspect of "Amateur Radio."
> Clint Bradford, K6LCS
> http://www.work-sat.com
> Clint Bradford
> clintbradford at mac.com
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