Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W4ZD, Oct 8, 2019.
Wow, what a time to be alive.
Forgive me for doubting. I am a child of the 24th cycle.
I miss it but it will be back around.
BTW, the xmtr was a homebrew using four 2N2222A off a battery. Don't remember what I was receiving with. Antenna was a KT34A beam lying on a picnic table downhill from the shack
On 14 Sept 1997 I uploaded a packet radio message to the crew of the Russian Space Station on the spacecraft's packet radio station R0MIR. The crew had been experiencing many challenges including an on board fire and rising carbon dioxide levels due to faulty equipment. In the message I expressed our concern for their safety and wished them luck on dealing with their many challenges. On 21 Sept 1997 I downloaded a personal reply from US Astronaut Michael Foale who thanked me for my concerns and said that although there have been many challenges they have been able to work their way through them.
*** CONNECTED to R0MIR-1
Logged on to R0MIR's Personal Message System
Msg # Stat Date Time To From @ BBS Subject
208 P 09/19/97 19:50 NASA5 N6CO MIR NEWS
207 P 09/19/97 15:07 R0MIR VE3VRW congress
206 P 09/19/97 15:02 R0MIR VE7IMM OFF
205 P 09/19/97 11:43 ALL N6CO 2 Line MIR Keps 9/19
204 P 09/19/97 11:42 NASA5 N6CO World News 9/19
203 PR 09/19/97 09:37 ZL3UCP R0MIR sts86
191 P 09/18/97 09:36 K8BZ R0MIR gladwin
179 P 09/17/97 09:39 FR5FZ R0MIR reunion is
171 PR 09/16/97 10:27 ALL R0MIR Mir Status
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Sure you would. Piece of cake, when the band is open (and the lids are sleeping)
Now that’s cool.
I always enjoy a QSO with a fellow YL. Those are always memorable.
Also talked to Santa Claus at the North Pole. That is always exciting!
I haven't been around the microphone that long so mine aren't all that snazzy.
WB5VIS Tom Aero Mobile in his Boeing 757 using the stock Raytheon HF rig as he was in flight over Minnesota. Now that was a cool QSO.
PE1OAD MIchel on a freighter coming to the Port of Baltimore as he was 400 miles off the Halifax coast. I actually got to talk to him on two different sailings.
YV5ENI Lou was my very first overseas QSO as a Technician on 10 meters using my own gear.I had a grin on my face for a week.
VK4SX Dennis was contacted on long path to Australia using my own gear and that was crazy to see how far the signal went but to be honest, it was of better quality than my other short path VK contacts.
Working Kazakhstan and Japan on digital modes was pretty exciting to see this rig could make it that far.
All these contacts were made with the Kenwood TS430 or TS870 and 100 watts or less.
No one famous, no ham heroes, just regular operators.
A few decades ago, I worked a UK ham on 20 fone. There's nothing special about that but, he told me a rather cheeky joke. Yes, I recall the joke. No, I can't repeat it here
She's a keeper!