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We have a ham radio net every Tuesday at 2000 (8pm) on our Sun City repeater (447.475 MHz transmit, 442.475 MHz receive, PL 110.8hz). Join us!

Every third Wednesday of the month, we meet for coffee and an agenda as the Neighborhood Preparedness Team, Amateur Radio Subcommittee. Desert Vista Room #3 @2:00 PM

W7SCS Repeater

The FCC granted our request for the call sign: W7SCS (for Sun City Summerlin) and we are in the process of changing the ID to reflect that. Ken Johnson (W7BES) is still the Trustee of the machine but this call is available to use for any of our Group Events – perhaps a Field Day Operation? Come on out and give us a shout on the W7SCS Repeater!

Skywarn Training in two weeks

At the present time there are only two Sun City Radio Operators signed up for the SKYWARN Training for Saturday May 11 at the Government Center, training room 3 from 9:00am to 11:00am. Mark W6MW and myself are signed up at the present time. I would like to see as many attendees as possible. This emergency certifications is one of easiest to get, and is needed for Sun City Summerlin. Jeff Hahn, KE7KLV Skywarn Coordinator specified only 2 to 4 alerts yearly when NWS spotter reports are needed during incumbent weather. Sign up if you can, contact me by e-mail, phone or radio. I would like to fill up the room with Sun City HAMS..

73, Ken W7BES

w7bes@cox.net

702-373-8923

Update from Ken

CQ, CQ CQ – ATTENTION SUN CITY RADIO OPERATORS:

 A REMINDER OF UPCOMING SUN CITY RADIO ACTIVITIES:

  • MONDAY APRIL 22ND. AMATEUR RADIO NET AT 7pm. KJ6MW, JOHN IS NET CONTROL. THIS IS FOR ALL SUN CITY AND VISITOR HAMS, CHECK-IN.
  • THE NATIONAL WEATHER SKYWARN TRAINING CLASS IS MAY 11TH AT THE CLARK COUNTY GOVERNMENT BUILDING. CONTACT W7BES FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND.THIS TRAINING IS FOR AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS. THE CLASS STARTS AT 9:00am TO 11:00am. I NEED TO GIVE A COUNT OF SUN CITY ATTENDIES. CALL KEN-254-5840 H/702-373-8923 C (Phone or Text), E-MAIL OR REPEATER. AT THIS TIME, I HAVE MARK, W6MW AND MYSELF AT THIS TIME. PLEASE ATTEND IF YOU CAN.

 UPCOMING ATIVITIES IN MAY:

  • MONDAY MAY 6,13,20 27- SUN CITY RADIO NET @ 7:00Ppm
  • SATURDAT MAY 11TH – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SKYWARN TRAINING @ CLARK COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER-9:00am TO 11:00am.
  • WEDNESDAY MAY 22-WEDNESDAY APRIL 17TH – NEIBORHOOD WATCH-REPAREDNESS TEAM MEETING – TIME 9 am – LOCATION DESERT VISTA-ROOM # 2. PLEASE COME, WE NEED TO REPRESENTATION OF SUN CITY AMATEURS.
  • WEDNEDAY MAY 22- THE COFFEE MEETING – NEW LOCATION TO BE ANNCOUNCED.

  KEN -73, W7BES

SK: First QSO From Space

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/skylab-and-space-shuttle-astronaut-owen-garriott-dies-at-88-300832454.html

HOUSTON, April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Former astronaut and long-duration spaceflight pioneer Owen Garriott, 88, died today, April 15, at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. Garriott flew aboard the Skylab space station during the Skylab 3 mission and on the Space Shuttle Columbia for the STS-9/Spacelab-1 mission. He spent a total of 70 days in space.

“The astronauts, scientists and engineers at Johnson Space Center are saddened by the loss of Owen Garriott,” said Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester. “We remember the history he made during the Skylab and space shuttle programs that helped shape the space program we have today. Not only was he a bright scientist and astronaut, he and his crewmates set the stage for international cooperation in human spaceflight. He also was the first to participate in amateur radio from space, a hobby many of our astronauts still enjoy today.”

Garriott was born in Enid, Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Garriott served as an electronics officer while on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1956, and was stationed aboard several U.S. destroyers at sea. He then taught electronics, electromagnetic theory and ionospheric physics as an associate professor at Stanford. He performed research in ionospheric physics and has authored or co-authored more than 40 scientific papers and one book on this subject.

He was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in June 1965, and then completed a 53-week course in flight training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona. He logged more than 5,000 hours flying time — including more than 2,900 hours in jet and light aircraft, spacecraft and helicopters. In addition to NASA ratings, he held FAA commercial pilot and flight instructor certification for instrument and multi-engine aircraft.

Garriott was the science-pilot for Skylab 3, the second crewed Skylab mission, and was in orbit from July 28 to Sept. 25, 1973. His crewmates were Commander Alan Bean and Pilot Jack Lousma. The crew accomplished 150% of mission goals while completing 858 revolutions of the Earth and traveling some 24.5 million miles. The crew installed replacement rate gyros used for attitude control of the spacecraft and a twin pole sunshade used for thermal control, and repaired nine major experiment or operational equipment items. They devoted 305 hours to extensive solar observations and completed 333 medical experiment performances to obtain valuable data on the effects of extended weightlessness on humans. The crew of Skylab 3 logged 1,427 hours and 9 minutes each in space, setting a world record for a single mission, and Garriott spent 13 hours and 43 minutes in three separate spacewalks outside the orbital workshop.

On his second and final flight, Garriott flew as a mission specialist on the ninth space shuttle mission and the first six-person flight. He launched aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia for STS-9/Spacelab-1 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Nov. 28, 1983. His crewmates were Commander John Young, Pilot Brewster Shaw, Jr., fellow mission specialist Robert Parker, and Payload Specialists Byron Lichtenberg and Ulf Merbold of (ESA) European Space Agency. This six-person crew was the largest yet to fly aboard a single spacecraft, the first international shuttle crew and the first to carry payload specialists. During STS-9, the first human amateur radio operations in space were conducted using Garriott’s station call, W5LFL. After 10 days of Spacelab hardware verification and around-the-clock scientific operations, Columbia and its laboratory cargo landed on the dry lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on Dec. 8, 1983.

Garriott held other positions at Johnson Space Center such as deputy and later director of Science and Applications, and as the assistant director for Space and Life Science.

For Garriott’s official NASA biography, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/garriott_owen.pdf

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SOURCE NASA