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Astronaut W5LFL, Owen Garriott is SK

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W1YW, Apr 16, 2019.

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  1. W1YW

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    Owen Garriott, W5LFL, became a silent key on 15 April. Garriott was 88.

    A brilliant electrical engineer with Ph.D. training at Stanford, Garriott did early and definitive work on ducting propagation, among other topics. Joining the Astronaut Corp, Garriott conducted important scientific projects in the early days of the Shuttle an Skylab programs and established ham-radio-from-space as key and lasting outreach initiative.

    See link for more info:

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  2. K0UO

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    73s K0UO
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  3. G6BOP

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    That's very sad... I remember hearing the space shuttle over the UK way back in the 1980's and managed to get a QSL card and letter confirming contact... I still have the card in my collection.... RIP Owen ... de G6BOP
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  4. W1YW

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    Please note that G4TUT and myself both presented this as news, in part to inform, but also to pay tribute to a great man and ham.

    We are both aware of the redundancy.

    You might want to take a minute to check out Owen's career on the web. Fascinating guy...

    Chip W1YW
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  5. DJ0AJ

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    my herzliche beileit für OWEN GERRIOTT ZU HISS FAMILY vy73 DJOAJ ekrem
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  6. N5RXP

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    I worked with Owen Garriott on one of the SkyLab missions in the early 70s in crew training and flight simulation at the Johnson Space Center. Even though he was an obviously brilliant man and an astronaut, he was never condescending and invariably friendly. I even have a copy of that very qsl card (somewhere) for my first shuttle contact.

    Godspeed Owen Garriott
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  7. K0UO

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    It's with deep regards that I hear about Owens passing, the first ham in space.
    His dad was one of my Elmer's, he was a old-time ham.
    I was able to talk to him on his first pass in the space shuttle Columbia, and I cherish the qsl card. And I still have the recording, of his first pass over the United States on the "Spacecraft Columbia" as he called it.
    The main street in Enid Oklahoma where Vance air force base is is named Owen K Garriott.
    His son is also a ham and an astronaut
    They were the first American father-son astronauts.
    They were both together at Dayton a few years ago.
    Three generations of amateur radios come from this family.
    He held the record for longest space flight for quite a number of years being in the Skylab program.
    Spacecraft Columbia from W5LFL
    I also talked to his son from the International Space Station from my V31KW station in Belize Central America.
    A true Ham family, three generations of very knowledgeable and successful people.

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  8. G3SEA

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    Aloha Oe Owen

    Per Ardua Ad Astra

  9. NJ1S

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    73s Sir and enjoy your new experience to the beyond. DE NJ1S
  10. 2E0EUG

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    73s From England Friend, enjoy exploring the next frontier

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