[amsat-bb] Re: The Ham Radio Bucket List

Les Rayburn les at highnoonfilm.com
Sun Apr 14 20:24:44 PDT 2013


Glad that you enjoyed it. No, my tongue was firmly in cheek with that 
comment. I was very active on HF, especially
160 Meters for years. Nothing like the Gentleman's Band. Also have 
enjoyed a lot of 10 Meter, 15 Meter, and 20 Meter work. QRP on 12 
Meters, SSTV, RTTY, ATV---I've tired a lot of things in the hobby. Liked 
them all but nothing has been as much fun as weak signal VHF/UHF.

Gotta love the world above 50!


Les N1LF

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On 4/14/2013 9:37 PM, Michael Hatzakis wrote:
> What a great story, thanks so much for sharing this.  What an awesome
> concept, a "ham radio bucket list"...  I need to write one...
> Oh yeah, I take issue with just one comment, " I wasted 35+ years on HF", HF
> is also awesome, and fueled my excitement in Ham radio.... but in a
> different way, so hope you really didn't mean that one...
> Michael K3MH
> -----Original Message-----
> From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
> Behalf Of Les Rayburn
> Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2013 11:12 PM
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Subject: [amsat-bb] The Ham Radio Bucket List
> I've been a ham well over 40 years, since my childhood. Back then, I could
> barely afford the Heathkit transmitter, Halicrafters receiver, knife switch,
> and longwire antenna that made up my shack.
> My elmer used to let me borrow his copy of QST and I'd dream about all the
> great adventures that I'd have "someday" in ham radio. Being a child of the
> Space Age, key among them were anything related to the New Frontier.
> EME (Moonbounce), Meteor Scatter, and satellites all seemed like the stuff
> of science fiction---and I longed to experience them all. But they were
> exotic, and required equipment far beyond my reach. I resolved to accomplish
> them all someday and added them to a sort of ham radio "bucket list" that I
> hoped to accomplish before my ham career was over.
> Five years ago, shortly after getting started in weak signal VHF work, I
> checked off the first item on that list. Working meteor scatter contacts
> with the aid of WSJT software, and during a Perseid shower, even using SSB.
> What a thrill to make contacts off the ionized gasses of those tiny rocks.
> Thanks Joe Taylor!
> Tonight, I managed to check off a second. I worked Art, K4YYL on FO-29, a
> Japanese amateur satellite!
> My journey to the "birds" started about a month ago when I joined AMSAT,
> determined that 2013 was going to be "the year" when I finally got active on
> satellites. I purchased a copy of SATPC32 software, because I knew that it
> could control my IC-910H--hopefully making it easier to get active.
> After listening to a few passes on both the FM and the SSB/CW birds, I
> decided to try my luck on the less-crowded FO-29. A brief CQ was quickly
> answered by Art. I adjusted the tuning knob just a bit to correct for the
> Doppler effect, and voila! there he was clear as a bell.
> We had a brief QSO of perhaps ten minutes or so, and then we signed. I was
> quickly called by K4FEG near Memphis in EM55---who just wanted to welcome me
> to the birds!
> Man, what a thrill! And it wasn't tough at all.
> I'm using a 7 element 432 antenna tilted up to 15 degrees (fixed) and a
> 6 element 2 Meter beam tilted up to about 10 degrees (fixed) both inside my
> crowded attic. The SSB Electronics pre-amp helps a ton on 432, and the 1/2"
> hardline makes sure that I don't lose too much signal. So far, I've been
> able to copy the birds down to about 2 degrees above the horizon using this
> setup.
> Now to attempt that EME contact! I've got a 12 element Yagi just waiting to
> deploy in the driveway once the weather warms a bit. Hoping to use WSJT to
> work one of the monster stations on EME. All this in a deed-restricted HOA
> neighborhood.
> I wasted 35+ years on HF----man, all the fun really is in the World Above 50
> MHz! Thanks for helping to make a boys dreams come true at age 51!

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