[amsat-bb] AMSAT Demonstration Station at the Dayton Hamvention Recap

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Fri May 27 04:00:57 UTC 2016


Thanks for posting that report on the AMSAT demonstration station
activities last weekend. I was not able to travel to Dayton
this year, but was happy to work the different voices on the microphone
over a few passes on Saturday and Sunday (KM4IPF, K8YSE, KO4MA, and
N8HM) via 4 different satellites (AO-73, AO-85, FO-29, SO-50). I
had also stopped and listened to part of an AO-85 pass on Friday
morning on my way to the office, with K8YSE on the mic. I posted that
on YouTube:


I used my Wouxun KG-UV9D with a Nagoya NA-701 dual-band duckie to
hear that pass. If I had brought my Elk log periodic, I could have
just as easily worked John that morning as well.

Working the demonstration station isn't the same as being there, but
it is still fun to be on the other end of the QSOs with that station.
For me, I had two chances to work the AMSAT station on very low
passes (SO-50 on Saturday morning, AO-73 on Sunday morning), and
the Saturday SO-50 pass was my first time working Hope KM4IPF. I
enjoyed watching the video of that pass, and hearing my QSO with
her from that end of the QSO.


Twitter: @WD9EWK

On Fri, May 27, 2016 at 3:31 AM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm at arrl.net> wrote:

> Good evening,
> This was my first year running the AMSAT demonstration station at the
> Dayton Hamvention after Keith Pugh, W5IU, had run it for many years.
> After volunteering at the demo station the past couple of years, I
> knew what to expect: a poor horizon to the north (due to the arena),
> high levels of RF (including lids running FM simplex inside the
> satellite subband on 2m), and lots of fun demoing satellite operation
> to curious newcomers as well as meeting many satellite operators I've
> worked on the satellites in person.
> ​<snip>

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