Amateur Radio in Space pioneer astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, SK

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by G4TUT, Apr 16, 2019.

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  1. NI9Y

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    73's until we meet again. I had a short QSO with him as he was circling overhead. I made a recoding of his flight but need a micro tape recorder/player to listen to it. He was loud and clear like sitting next to me in the shack. How time flies.
  2. IW2BSF

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    sorry correct : Richard Owen's son is a Ham, his son (now W5KWQ which is his Grandad's Owen SR original call)
  3. G6NHW

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    still also have my q.s.l card, a reminder of my younger days on the radio, receive only, i,m afraid heard here in the uk ,will be sadly missed. G6 NHW
  4. K7LTF

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    I never had the chance to work Owen - but did see his forward in the Tune in the Word with ham radio - 85-87, ed, i believe. Also saw the SAREX promo video that the ARRL did back in the 80s very impressive - Wish to at the same was able to work JY1, Both hams in their own right very highly regarded by many - and will both be missed - by the ham community.

    Rip W5LFL -
  5. N6SPP

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    Like many, I was able to copy Owen on one of his orbits from here in the San Francisco Bay area in Dec.1983. I used an old Bearcat 210 receiver with it's built in short telescoping whip and fed that into a tape recorder. I was lucky to be at the listening table and heard the squelch open and close, so I fully opened the squelch.. I knew he was in range by the desensing in the receiver. A moment later I heard- "...this is W5LFL aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia...(fading).. I'll be calling for 90 seconds this time around..". He was gone after that.
  6. KA9Q

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    I was at the KSC press site for Owen's launch on STS-9, the only shuttle launch I saw in person. But I didn't get to know Owen until 2012 when we were both on a week-long Planetary Society tour of several national parks in Utah plus the Grand Canyon, where we saw the annular eclipse of the sun from the South Rim. We talked about a wide range of topics in ham radio, education, space and the Apollo program. I think he was happy that I didn't just ask how astronauts go to the bathroom in space!

    During the eclipse itself, I called off the times when I'd calculated the remaining sunlight was equivalent to that at Mars, Jupiter, etc. Owen pointed out that I'd forgotten a square term, as I'd assumed the eclipse percentages referred to the obscured solar area when they actually referred to the diameter. Ooops! I don't think I had time to revise my figures. Oh well, it seemed like a clever idea...
  7. N6SPP

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    --That should read- "..I'll be calling N.America for 90 seconds, this time around.."
  8. IK6DCL

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    RIP Owen
  9. WB2GMK

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    This is sad news. Back when I lived in NYC, I was on the committee for the 1984 ARRL National Convention. Owen was our keynote speaker. I met him, shook his hand; it was a great honor. At that time, I owned an advertising agency, which did, among other things. some ham radio advertising. I had the good folks in my art department do a portrait of Owen in his spacesuit, looming over the NYC skyline. QST ran it as the cover story that month. Yes, I made the cover of Q Street with Owen Garriot. Now some young ham will soon have the distinction of working the first live ham on the moon. I hope I am around to see that!!!!!!!
  10. AF9US

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    Driving home one workday in the late '80s:

    Listening for the cacaphony of transmissions to die down on W5LFL frequency, I threw-in my call/Florida Mobile....


    My greatest thrill! Stammeringly, I completed the contact; the cacophony began again....

    A BIG SMILE I beamed the rest of the day!

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