[amsat-bb] Re: Oscar-10

KM9U arskm9u at gmail.com
Wed Jul 27 17:37:23 PDT 2011

I remember working Oscar 7 back about '81..'82. I homebrewed a stack of 4,
11 element 2m yagis just for the purpose. I used a Kenwood TR-9000 (I think)
for the uplink and a Kenwood TS-520s for the downlink. I don't even remember
how we used to determine when the passes were but I think it had something
to do with info published in QST.  Soon after that, life interfered and I
was inactive for many years. The most sad thing is that I didn't save my old
logbooks. So, If by some odd chance, someone has a record of a contact with
WD9JFY on the old bird, please let me know. Hindsight is always 20-20. :-((

Chuck, KM9U (EX WD9JFY)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Guimont" <dguimon1 at san.rr.com>
To: "Thomas Doyle" <tomdoyle1948 at gmail.com>
Cc: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 16:44
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Oscar-10

> Hello Tom Doyle!
> We worked Oscar 8, mode J on 23mar82 at 1520Z...I've got  #219
> entered in the remarks column, whatever that means, maybe Mode J
> club???  With a check in the qsl column so I assume we exchanged cards..
> So you can count San Diego county if that still works???
> Counties to me mean hunting boundaries..
> Lots of familiar calls....any other OT's still around??
> I have done the same thing with my logbooks over the past 31 years,
> with quite a few big gaps....FM seems to make sort of a buzzing in my
> fillings???
>>If you have not been on satellites for a really long time (> 20 years) you
>>may find this interesting. It explains why us old geezers say the old days
>>were amazing. If you were on decades ago it may bring back memories.
>>I have been getting back into hamming after a long hiatus and have been
>>listening to the satellites for a month or two while working on a 
>>project and decided it was time to try and make a contact. Thanks to K4MOA
>>and W5MPC, today I made my first sat contacts in a very long time. A 
>>later I almost made a cw contact (used my trusty old J-38 key) on another
>>sat but lost him. I told you this was interesting and really exciting.
>>Thought I had better log the contacts and started looking for a logbook.
>>Found a old slightly yellowed logbook with Oscar-10 written on the cover. 
>>a group we hams (including me) are pretty cheap so I had saved this 
>>because there were empty pages still left in it. I entered my new contacts
>>on a fresh page (decided to splurge) and then looked back and found it was
>>my first sat contact since 1983. I know you are still waiting for the
>>exciting part.
>>Here is a typical page from the log. I am in Wisconsin and believe it or 
>>I had pile ups of europeans wanting to work Wisconsin of all things. It 
>>a real thrill. Times change and I now have two grid squares - not sure 
>>they are for but I have two and feel the need for more. There are 29 empty
>>pages left in the logbook so I am good to go. Hope to work you.
>>73 tom... W9KE
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>            73, Dave, WB6LLO
>                dguimon1 at san.rr.com
>                    Disagree: I learn....
>               Pulling for P3E...
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