I had an AMSAT table at yesterday's Radio Society of Tucson hamfest in Tucson, Arizona. A great turnout, larger than last year's crowd, and good weather helped make this a nice place to spend the morning.
During the morning, there was a lot of traffic around my AMSAT table. Between the demonstrations that always draw crowds and more talk about the upcoming Fox-1 satellites, there was a lot of interest in this corner of ham radio. After talking about the Fox project for many years, it has been nice to attach some launch dates to a couple of the satellites. As I did a week ago at another hamfest in Scottsdale AZ, there was interest in using the USB SDR dongles with the small Windows tablets.
I was on a few passes during the hamfest - a couple of AO-73 passes; and one pass each of AO-7, FO-29, and the ISS. I logged a couple of QSOs on the FO-29 pass just after 1330 UTC, and a few more on the AO-73 pass around 1740 UTC. Among the QSOs on the later AO-73 pass, I worked Andy W5ACM and Bruce KK5DO, who were at the Greater Houston Hamfest representing AMSAT. Thanks to them, and everyone else, who worked WD9EWK during the demonstrations.
Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK http://www.wd9ewk.net/ Twitter: @WD9EWK