LEO amateur radio scientific society of
In Memoriam – UO-14
Date: 9-15-04 Newsletter
officers, no business meetings, no dues, no money making, no politics, just
the science of Amateur Radio
Welcome! The LEOarssAK or LEOs was started on
Friday, September 15, 2000, at the Thai Kitchen on Tudor Rd. in Anchorage. Our bonding interest at that time
focused on the Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) Amateur Radio satellites; therefore the
name LEOs. Since then we have
expanded into most areas of Ham Radio.
Besides the presentation of papers we enjoy a good lunch and
founders included AL7KK/Rob, KL1HG/Doris, KL7AR/Mike, KL7JS/Deb, KL7DR/Dan,
KL7GO/Gretchen, KL0QQ/TOM, KL0YO/Pat, KL7QZ/John and others. Our special guest was Jerry Schmitt,
KK5YY(SK) inventor of the famous Arrow Antenna. John/QZ presented the first paper on LEO
antennas specifically on how to build an “eggbeater”. Since then we have had papers on many
topics including SETI, Grounding, Moon Bounce, How to Use The Leos, SWR, digital
and many other topics. We meet
roughly every 6-8 weeks September through May, on a Saturday at a restaurant in
Anchorage, Eagle River or Wasilla.
We start at 11:30 with lunch orders, our first paper is presented at 12
Noon followed with questions and a break at 12:50 PM; our second paper is
presented at 1 PM. We end at 2
PM. For information contact John/QZ
at email@example.com , Mike/AR at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan/DR at email@example.com Also please check on the Leo Net,
Snipers Net and Motley Net.
Our first fall meeting will be held on Saturday, October
9th at the Szechuan Restaurant, 11751 Business Blvd, Eagle
River. 694-9168. This is our regular restaurant, and it
is located just around the corner from the Eagle Rive r Post Office. Please come at 11:30 so that you can
order and receive your lunch by noon when the first speaker starts.
Our Speakers will
Dale Hershberger –
“The Challenger Learning
Center of Alaska (CLCA)”
The CLCA is our resident NASA sponsored space education
program for Alaska. This will be not only an exciting program for Hams but also
for families, including kids grades 7 and up.
Frank Hurlbut –
“Contesting: or are
contesters really a different species?”
Frank is one the world’s great contesters (along with XYL
AL1G/Corliss that is). He will
share some of the latest developments and some “Hints and Kinks” and the all
around weirdness of
LEO Weather and Road Report Net. M-F, 9 AM+. 147.27/87 @103.5
For those of us who still mourn UO-14 we are mindful of how grateful we
are to G7GLY/Alex da Silva Curiel
and G7UPN/Chris Jackson and the Brit gang in all that they did in putting “14”
up and keeping it up operational for so many years. What a bird. Tx guys.
Thanks to our April speakers WA6ZAP/Reg Driscoll and KL6M/Mike
Melum. Reg did a great job bringing
us back to the fundamentals of grounding.
Tx Reg for coming all the way from S. California to talk to us. Can anything more be said to exaggerate
Mike’s moon bounce antenna? The
stuff of dreams. And XYL/Lana a
saint. Tx Mike.
Thanks for the all-new 147.27/87 machine. We appreciate all the work, dedication
and money spent. Glad you got off
the mountain in time. Tx guys.
Thanks KL7AR/Mike for the great LEO programs during our 2003-04 year.
Thanks KL7DR/Dan for keeping us up on the satellite information.
IMPORTANT WEB SITES and EMAIL ADDRESSES: Please send yours
http://gahleos.obarr.net/ - Great LEO site with updated LEO orbits
and valuable WEB links.
For ISS Ham communications.
Looking for our relatives way out there.
Other space, astronomy, satellite and Ham satellite
Important for winter traveling with live cameras on Alaskan
9-24-04. KL7AR/Mike. Antennas.
10-1-04. KL7QZ/John. Dayton-Hamvention.
LEO ELMERS: GO TO GUYS and GIRLS: Please send yours
SATELLITES: KL7DR/Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org, AL7EB/Ed at email@example.com and
KL7XJ/Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org .
HF ANTENNAS: KL7AR/Mike at email@example.com
- From our LEO Professor
Emeritus AL7KK/VE1-Rob Wilson. “John and everyone: Thought that I
should write and let you know that everything is going well here on our small
island in the Atlantic Ocean. Doreen just bought another cook book…the “South
Beach” diet. I have lost ten
pounds so far in a little more than a week. I yearn for a piece of mincemeat pie,
or some equally forbidden sweet. Ham radio is also doing okay. This morning I was able to talk to two
old friends from 50 years ago, one in Chicago and another in Denver. I just
need a bigger antenna to give me a bit more signal. Otherwise the DX to Europe is
fantastic and I hook new and strange stations all the time (like T99A). Doreen
bought another small dog and she is trying to house train it, with little
success. The thing is a
shih-tzu. Real cute and cuddly,
but full of poops. Little Suzy
trained and acts as our guard dog.
Maybe we need one since a bear has been reported wandering about town.
Our best to all. Rob.” firstname.lastname@example.org (Doreen reports that Rob has his
helicopter and is very immersed in it. Ed)
- Dan Simmonds/KK3AN,
President of AN Wireless Tower Co. of Johnstown, PA, a long time friend of
KL7AR/Mike and new friend of
KL7QZ/John offered at Dayton this May to deliver an AN tower to
anywhere on Alaska “Rail belt” for a substantial discount in shipping cost and
purchase price. He can bring up
to 3 towers at maximum of 60’ each (or less). KL7AR/Mikes 60’ self-standing Ham
tower was Dan’s first Ham tower before he went big time. This is an outstanding yet inexpensive
self-standing tower. Check with
Dan at email@example.com and at
website http://www.anwireless.com/. Also, check with Mike/AR about his
tower at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Howaboutit--think about
sending in a technical article for this newsletter and/or present a paper at
one of our LEO get-togethers.
What’s this “presenting a paper”?
Some years ago this editor was at the FDIM or Four Days In May annual
QRP meeting adjunct to the Dayton Hamvention and was impressed with the
requirement that when you are a speaker, you put your remarks in writing to be
sent out ahead of time, and then the speaker can present the paper in a more
casual or specific way allowing for attendees to prepare some questions. This FDIM model is really just an
offshoot of how technical and scholarly presentations have been made for the
last 100 years. We do it a bit
more casually. When you come to
speak, have prepared a handout of your remarks written formally, or in short
outline form or with just data, tables, diagrams and Web citations or all of
the above. Ideally a presentation should last no longer than 40 minutes
leaving 10 minutes for questions. Our only proviso is that presentations or
newsletter articles contain NO political comments whether it be about CW or
Ralph Nader. Tx.
- At the last meeting we got
stuck with an unpaid lunch bill from someone who forgot to pay. Please be sure to pay,
hopefully, no later than the 1 PM break.
Tx. Also, this restaurant
opens up especially for us on Saturday and they provide a full menu with table
service. Please leave a
nice tip. Tx.
- If you wish to be on our
email list please send your address to KL7QZ at email@example.com.
AO – 51, up, up and
73’s and 88’s to all Hams on
our planet, in our solar system-galaxy –universe.
Keep listening for the
Editor: John Bury
– KL7QZ. firstname.lastname@example.org. 907/349-8754. 5142 Shorecrest Dr., Anchorage,