New AMSAT Area Coordinator
New AMSAT Area Coordinator for Alaska, Dan O'Barr KL7DR, has been busy
recently. Dan has started a new web site dedicated to the Alaska Amateur
Satellite Operators at: http://gahleos.obarr.net
He was recently authorized, along with AL7JK John Raynsford firstname.lastname@example.org
, to be a control operator for
Dan also gave presentations at The Matanuska Amateur Radio Associations http://www.kl7jfu.com
and The Anchorage Amateur Radio Clubs http://www.kl7aa.org
meeting. More than 50 Hams each attended these meeting. At the
meetings Dan gave demonstrations of Satellite Tracking software and passed out
"How to Operate LEO Satellites" literature. With the help of
Craig Bledsoe KL4E, his Arrow antenna and Icom IC-W31A handy-talkie, Dan went
outside at both meetings and demonstrated how to make contacts on LEO satellites.
Using this portable equipment, Dan made contacts through SO-50 with, AL7JK,
KL7XJ, KL7QZ, KL0UO, VE7WFG in Canada, and KL4E (who was only a few feet
away). He also encouraged Hams to join AMSAT and support the launch
of OSCAR-E ("Echo") next year.
On September 13 & 14, 2003, Dan represented AMSAT at the Anchorage ARRL
convention and Hamfest. The AMSAT display was one of the most popular
tables at the show. Zaz Hollander, a reporter for the Anchorage Daily
News, published a nice write-up about the Hamfest in the Sunday September 14,
2003 edition. Her article included these paragraphs;
(Some West Anchorage club members bounce signals off the moon to communicate
with each other. Other hams broadcast with the help of orbiting satellites.
Dan O'Barr, a Wasilla technical consultant working a table at the convention,
held up an antenna originally used to track radio-collared animals. O'Barr
worked on the Slope in the 1990s. He used the antenna to stay in contact with a
blind friend who, without much outside interaction, eagerly anticipated their
Avoiding costly phone calls from Prudhoe Bay, the two talked when a satellite
passed over O'Barr every day at noon, he said. "I'd go outside and visit
with him for 10 minutes, for free.")
The entire article may still be archived at:
Below is a picture of the most popular display at the Hamfest with me, KL7DR explaining LEO satellite operation to Melissa KL1HZ.