[amsat-bb] Re: Andy W5ACM is fine - Re: BOD and President

David Donaldson wb7dru at usfamily.net
Mon Sep 15 22:41:44 PDT 2008

And Andy saith:
" Perhaps I should move to Minnesota..."

The only thing I can say about that is we don't get the constant 100 mph
winds in a storm...except with straight line, down draft winds from a
supercell and then there is the crap shoot of tornado's and 50 mph north
winds in January with blizzard conditions and windchill at -50 deg F....
Your going to get it either place Andy, keep the Amsat net going from down
there, but come up for a visit, the fall is great and the armed police from
the RNC have left...

Dave, WB7DRU & Navy Mars NNN0AXK
Burnsville, MN

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Andy MacAllister
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 11:42 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Andy W5ACM is fine - Re: BOD and President

Hi Bruce & AMSAT,

I won't attempt to comment on ducks and such, but will report that all is OK

at W5ACM. I will be ready for the Houston AMSAT Net tomorrow evening, but 
with a rather diminished 2M antenna. Prior to the arrival of Ike, I took 
everything down except for a dual-band (20M & 40M) inverted V and put a 2M 
ground plane in place of the 2M, 70cm, 23cm, 13cm and 10M satellite 
antennas. It's not pretty, but it survived the winds. That's a lot more than

I can say for a short section of yard fence and about half of an 80 ft tree 
in the front yard. I have spent a lot of time playing with generators, 
inverters and electric chain saws. It's back to work as usual, but there are

still a lot of lose ends on the home front. At least I have intermittant 
water and electricity most of the time. The phone and internet connections 
come and go, but they are mostly good. Out on the streets, the gas lines are

not bad, but they exist. About 20% of the traffic lights work, another 20% 
are blinking red. The rest are dark. There are lots of dark areas at night, 
exploding transformers and sirens. It's amazing stuff! I now get credit for 
being in Houston for Carla (1961), Alicia (1983) and Ike (2008). Perhaps I 
should move to Minnesota...

Now we need to hear from Marty. I hope his twisted pair works...

I will see you on the Houston AMSAT Net!

73 de Andy W5ACM

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