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Re: TAPE TITO - ITS HAM RADIO HISTORY LOST!



Whats the web site to listen to all your recordings?



----- Original Message -----
From: <BillWA6ITF@aol.com>
To: <sarex@amsat.org>; <vhf@w6yx.stanford.edu>
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2001 4:00 PM
Subject: TAPE TITO - ITS HAM RADIO HISTORY LOST!


> Maybe I am far to wrapped up professionally in the TV news business, but I
> cannot for the life of me understand why nobody has had a tape recorder
> sitting by their rig to record Denns Titro's ham radio operation from the
> ISS.
>
> Ever since I got on the air on 6 meter AM in the 1950's I have had some
sort
> of tape recorder tied to my receiver(s) to capture anything that might be
> deemed important to preserving our past.  I have audio of the late Jean
> Shepherd K2ORS "roasting" a repeater owner in NYC as only "Shep" could.  I
> recorded the very first contact on 6 meter AM between a lady ham on Long
> Island and a ham in Osaka Japan -- triple hop F2.  I recorded the first
words
> of Owen Garriott W5LFL from the shuttle Columbia using an IC-2AT hand held
> hard-wired to a Panasonic cassette portable -- stabding on the roof of
> Metromedia TV in Los Angeles -- etc.
>
> And as I sit here, I have inexpensive recorders (mostly Sony) connected to
mt
> FT-847, FT-4700, Sangeean ATS-806, and several other pieces of gear.  Had
> Tito operated over California -- we would have his words for posterity.
But
> he did not, and it appears as if nobody else in hamdom recorded them
either.
> As a result, now they are lost in the sands of time -- and lost with them
is
> a bit of the realism of our own ham radio heritage.
>
> May I suggest to each and every one of you involved in any area of VHF --
be
> it space -- FM -- weal signal -- or what have you.  Go out to your local
> Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or wherever; spend $20 on a standard size cassette
> recorder, some batteries and a few C-90 cassettes.  Keep it next to your
> radio -- resady to go -- just in case another bit of ham radio history --
> like the foirst words of Dennis Tito from space -- come our way.  These
> moments tend to be few and far inbetweenand those who come after you will
> truly apreciate the legavy you have left for them.
>
> de
> Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF
> ARNewsline
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