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Re: SAREX 15th Anniversary



Francisco Costa wrote:

> Frank H. Bauer wrote:
> >
> > Amateur Space Enthusiasts:
> >
> > 15 years ago today, astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, was launched into space
> > on STS-9.  He brought along the first amateur radio station on a
> > crew-tended space vehicle.  Thousands heard Owen's downlink and hundreds
> > had a direct QSO with him.
>
> It must have been something unique, to participate on the beggining of
> a new age in amateur space comunications!
> Unfortunatly I wasn't even an amateur at the time, but everytime I see
> the video about that mission, I get thrilled by it!
> I only knew about SAREX many years later (in 1992), but since then
> and everytime a SAREX mission is on space, my life changes.
> Suddenly my daily sked is rulled by shuttle orbits,
> and I have only one thing in my mind: do a voice/packet qso
> with an astrounaut! And when I'm able to do it, it's fantastic!
> I can easly say SAREX already gave me one of the best moments of my
> life,
> not only of my amateur life, but of *ALL* my life!
> To all who worked to make it possible, MANY THANK'S
>
> >  We are currently on the threshold of installing
> > a permanent amateur radio station on ISS.
> >
> > On behalf of the SAREX Working Group and as a US Delegate to the Amateur
> > Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, I look forward
> > the continued cooperation of all the international partners that comprise
> > ARISS as we jointly forge a new, exciting future for amateur radio in space.
>
> I can't wait for that day :) Meanwhile may I propose something:
> a (simple) trophy, to the first station who make a voice qso with ISS.
> The prize will be a bottle of Oport Wine, 1985 year (it's the best
> VINTAGE year close to 1st SAREX mission date), and will be given by me.
> In fact I already bought it, so I only need the lucky one adress to send
> it!
> Good luck everybody!
>
> CONGRATULATIONS to all SAREX team,
> and please keep on doing the outstanding job you've done so far!
>
> 73 F.Costa, CT1EAT
>
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Francisco-
Excellent idea!
                                                -73's de Jeff n8vna@amsat.org


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