[amsat-bb] Russian kocmoc
Bob DeVarney W1ICW
we1u at myfairpoint.net
Sat Jul 9 09:13:17 PDT 2011
just me chiming in again.
I have kocmoc award number 51-RS and can find no dash number typed on
mine, but then I have it matted (poorly ) in a frame which might have
cut it off a bit. Mine is dated Sept 12 1998.
I also have the ZRO award dated January 1995, only ever got down to
level 4 on mode B, was working on further shack enhancements when I
either got married or the satellite died, or maybe a bit of both. Very
proud of this award, even if my level is somewhat trifling compared to
My prized possession is a Special Event QSL from W5RRR for the Apollo
11th 25th Anniversary on July 19-22, 1994. I worked them the last pass
over the US, last couple hours of the pass, and I was the last station
to work them before the satellite ( AO-21 )switched modes to transmit
wefax images. I was working it portable, with a Bearcat scanner with
preamp for reception, a Kenwood TH-78 HT driving the gutted final from a
Motorola UHF Micor and a 12 element yagi on a camera tripod for the uplink.
How many others worked this Special Event Station, or remember the
different modes of AO-21?
Looking at the dust covered walls here I see I was extremely active in
sats in the mid to late 1990s; very little since. Some of that I can
blame on getting married about that time. Some I cannot. It's easy to
sigh and wish for the "good old days" but I think that memory is always
sweeter and if we looked more closely the good old days weren't always
I for one would not want to go back to manual tracking and doppler
correction like I had back then .. I finally upgraded to an AEA ST-1 and
The Station Program by VP9MU some time around 1997 if I remember. The
availability of cheap solid state power FETS is pretty darn cool too.. a
single FET 1200 watt amplifier for two meters really tickles me pink..
working on one now for my EME station.. So maybe we'll look back on
THESE as the good old days.
I have some very well thumbed issues of Orbits magazine, the forerunner
to AMSAT Journal from when I first got licensed in 1981. I see they were
pretty excited to be building AO-10 back then, and commemorating the
third launch anniversary of Oscar-8. Very cool stuff indeed.
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