[amsat-bb] FW: Re: Flabob Airport ISS Contact

Craig Gagner crgagner at charter.net
Wed Apr 25 02:59:18 PDT 2012

-----Original Message-----
From: Craig Gagner [mailto:crgagner at charter.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 5:58 AM
To: 'Clint Bradford'
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Re: Flabob Airport ISS Contact

I made such an ignorant comment because most of us are sick of reading the
many e-mails with you patting yourself on the back. 

Yes its Great that the kids are involved, and I have been involved. I just
don't need tennis elbow from patting my self on the back !

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Clint Bradford
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 8:41 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Flabob Airport ISS Contact

FROM PETER >> ... excellent work ... children are our greatest asset ...

Now THERE'S someone who "gets it!" Thank you, Peter VE7NGP!

FROM CLUELESS >> ... Too bad its happened many times before ...

Huh? "Too bad?" Let's get some facts out here.

YES - SEVEN HUNDRED AND TWENTY ARISS contacts were completed before ours at
Flabob last week.

That is 720 groups of students learning more about their respective
countries' space programs.

That is thousands of classroom hours learning more about space and amateur

That is 720 audiences anxiously hearing - at first - no response from the
ISS. But then, upon the second 
or third attempt to contact via amateur radio - a palpable "feeling of awe"
from all in attendance when an 
astronaut first replies.

That is 720 audiences wildly applauding after the completion of their

There are about three entities who can schedule radio time with the ISS: the
various space programs 
involved, the various departments of defense involved, and AMATEUR RADIO via
these ARISS 

There is not a single student nor audience member nor amateur radio
volunteer who thinks anything less 
of their contacts with the ISS - simple because "it has happened many times

I have 211 attendees who are extremely proud to have been "Number 721" last

So, to the person who wrote, " ... Too bad its happened many times before
... " - Either you are totally 
unaware of how wonderful these projects are for all involved, or have never
been involved first-hand in such 
a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I cannot think of any other reason one
would make such an ignorant 

Clint Bradford, K6LCS

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