[amsat-bb] Re: The "Good Ole Days" are now

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Thu Sep 19 14:39:16 PDT 2013

AO-7 is in Mode A every other day right now. You can operate AND be nostalgic!

73, Drew KO4MA

-----Original Message-----
>From: Rob <pabutusa at gmail.com>
>Sent: Sep 19, 2013 4:40 PM
>To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
>Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: The "Good Ole Days" are now
>I miss RS-6 and RS-8 .... sniff ....
>On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 2:58 AM, Pavel Milanes Costa <co7wt at frcuba.co.cu>wrote:
>> Amen, I second that motion...
>> Third word hams who do not have 70cm rigs can work the sats more easily
>> (70cm FM gear is very rare here, not to mention SSB)
>> The 2m uplink is workable with transverters and HF multimode CAT capable
>> rigs are almost ubiquitous for the 10m downlink
>> 73
>> El 18/09/13 17:48, Kevin Muenzler, WB5RUE escribió:
>>> I've been working sats off and on for many years.  I must admit that I
>>> haven't done much since RS-12/13 and RS-15 went silent.  I believe that if
>>> we had more "easy sats" with Mode VHF up and HF down they might be more
>>> popular.  Tuning and alignment weren't as critical.
>>> Just my two cents or so.
>>> Kevin Muenzler, WB5RUE
>>> Grid EL09uf
>>> Eagle Creek Observatory
>>> http://www.**eaglecreekobservatory.org<http://www.eaglecreekobservatory.org>
>>> I've stopped asking "How stupid can you be?"  Some people are taking it
>>> as a
>>> challenge.
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces@**amsat.org<amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org>]
>>> On
>>> Behalf Of Les Rayburn
>>> Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:32 PM
>>> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
>>> Subject: [amsat-bb] The "Good Ole Days" are now
>>> Like many hams (I suspect), I dreamed of working satellites for decades.
>>> Followed them with at least a passing interest but always seemed to put
>>> them
>>> off till "someday". Even during the craze of the "work satellites with
>>> your
>>> handheld", I was distracted by other priorities. When I got involved in
>>> VHF/UHF a few years ago, and purchased an Icom IC-910H, I kept thinking
>>> I'd
>>> finally pull the trigger. But years passed without anything other than
>>> weak-signal contacts being made on that rig.
>>> A few months ago, I finally decided to give it a try. Downloaded SATPC32,
>>> and updated my keps. FO-29 was the next satellite coming my way, so when I
>>> was inside the footprint, I tuned around a bit, and found some stations
>>> coming in. Cool! I was actually hearing hams on satellite---next up was
>>> answering a CQ...nervously I pushed the PTT on the mic.
>>> 82 grids and a few hundred contacts later, I'm having a ball!
>>> I don't miss the birds that came before, but just enjoy what we have now.
>>> My
>>> only complaint might be that more folks are not active on F0-29 and VO-52.
>>> Even SO-50 can be nearly empty after midnight.
>>> My understanding is that within the next year we'll have 2 or 3 more
>>> linear
>>> LEO satellites, and possibly another FM bird, right? While we may not
>>> work a
>>> lot of DX on those, we should get to the point where no one has to wait
>>> long
>>> for "something" to be overhead. That's exciting to me!
>>> AMSAT is staffed with wonderful volunteers, and seems to be doing great
>>> work. I'm thrilled to be a member, even if it is #38965.
>>> The good ole days are now. Get on the birds and make some contacts. I need
>>> your grid! (ha, ha)
>>>  ______________________________**_________________
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