[amsat-bb] Re: Oscar-10
dguimon1 at san.rr.com
Wed Jul 27 23:48:12 PDT 2011
Our first method of pass determination was with a home made
plotter...I still have my original one, and think it is on my website:
Nothing but a circular plot of the world with a curved arc that
represented the path of the satellite....then the time in minutes of
the pass marked off to determine AZ/EL. QST had a listing of pass
times for the month, very simple, and as you remember we used to have
4,5,6 in a round table permitting about 20 second bites....We gabbed
mostly about what we had just homebrewed, and continue the chat on
the next pass, or maybe the NEXT DAY!!
Chuck, I'll dig out my old logs and let you know...When I upgraded I
kept my old callsign just for the recognition on the sats,a and ease
of operation, as you remember it took about four hands!!
At 05:35 PM 7/27/2011, you wrote:
>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
>>>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 controller
>>>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 little
>>>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. As
>>>a group we hams (including me) are pretty cheap so I had saved this logbook
>>>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
>>>Here is a typical page from the log. I am in Wisconsin and believe it or not
>>>I had pile ups of europeans wanting to work Wisconsin of all things. It was
>>>a real thrill. Times change and I now have two grid squares - not sure what
>>>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....
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73, Dave, WB6LLO
dguimon1 at san.rr.com
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