[amsat-bb] Tucson (Arizona) hamfest on 28 March - report

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Mon Mar 30 03:06:38 UTC 2015


I had an AMSAT table at yesterday's Radio Society of Tucson hamfest in Tucson,
Arizona. A great turnout, larger than last year's crowd, and good weather
helped make this a nice place to spend the morning.

During the morning, there was a lot of traffic around my AMSAT table. Between
the demonstrations that always draw crowds and more talk about the upcoming
Fox-1 satellites, there was a lot of interest in this corner of ham radio.
After talking about the Fox project for many years, it has been nice to attach
some launch dates to a couple of the satellites. As I did a week ago at
another hamfest in Scottsdale AZ, there was interest in using the USB SDR
dongles with the small Windows tablets.

I was on a few passes during the hamfest - a couple of AO-73 passes; and one
pass each of AO-7, FO-29, and the ISS. I logged a couple of QSOs on the FO-29
pass just after 1330 UTC, and a few more on the AO-73 pass around 1740 UTC.
Among the QSOs on the later AO-73 pass, I worked Andy W5ACM and Bruce KK5DO,
who were at the Greater Houston Hamfest representing AMSAT. Thanks to them,
and everyone else, who worked WD9EWK during the demonstrations.


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