[amsat-bb] A Big Thank You for your care of the crippled bird!

James Luhn luhn at wt.net
Mon Jun 27 15:36:13 PDT 2011

Yes, FD is always a mess.  Usually a good mess of food, friends, bugs, 
and all.  We made a satellite contact through AO-51 running 5-10 watts 
with an Arrow antenna.  We had quite the audience as everyone wanted to 
see a satellite contact made and the audience was also curious why it 
took 4 of us to make the contact.  We had one to hold the radio, one to 
operate the microphone and chase the frequency, one to hold and direct 
the antenna, and one to hold a 50lb battery. Did we need 4? of course 
not! The excitement of working a satellite simply had everyone focused 
on making the contact and not on the fact that the equipment did not 
need to be held.  Heck, we even had a tripod for the antenna. I'm sure 
someone had it in hand too!  Through the hard work of those keeping poor 
old AO-51 together and operating, we were able to add a whole bunch of 
excitement to our FD mess.  A big THANK YOU to all involved.  Your 
efforts are sincerely appreciated.  We had a great time at FD.

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