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ALTAIR - 2002 - KC7AIK

Two of my Very Special and Surprizing Contacts! smiley

On September 12, 1994, while on 2 meters and only using 5 Watts of power, I was very fortunate to have made contact with the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-64) while it was in outer space, and talked with a female US Astronaut, "Susan Helms". The Wenatchee World newspaper did a nice write-up on my contact. However, it took a whole year to get my contact with the Discovery confirmed, finally receiving a QSL Card back from the NASA Space Center.

A day or two later, after ending a QSO with a guy in Florida, explaining all about my amazing contact with the Space Shuttle, seemingly out of no-where I received a very special call on my HF radio.  It was from another guy named "John", who advised me that he was the Pilot and Captain of a Boeing 757 Passenger Jet Airliner, and further explained that he was flying at an altitude of 37,000 feet, and was 300 miles east of Billings Montana.

This Commercial Pilot continued to tell me that he had taken off from SeaTac Airport (in Seattle Washington), and that his flight destination was the state of New Jersey, over on the East Coast. I found this to be simply amazing, in that a Pilot of a 757 Commercial Jet Airliner had actually heard my previous QSO about my Space Shuttle Contact, and finding that subject interesting, he proceded to call "Me", (KC7AIK). I personally have a valid "Commercial Pilot License" too, and our conversation was just like two Commercial Pilots having a simple up and down QSO. :-)

Below are a couple links to my Photo Albums that might interest you, showing some of my experiences as a StuntMan in Hollywood in the 1960s. On one particular day, I drove into Hollywood for an interview, trying out for the part of "Maverick" on the TV series. During that time period, I was fortunately able to meet "Roy Rogers" in person, as well as his very famous Palomino horse... "Trigger" at their ranch home in Chattsworth California.  While I was there, Roy Rogers not only allowed me to see, but to actually hold in my own two hands, an old Army 45 caliber simi-automatic pistol, that "Audie Murphy" had given him as a gift. Do you remember who Audie Murphy was? He was the most decorated U.S. soldier of World War II, and when Audie Murphy returned home a hero, he became an actor, starring in his own life story, through the movie... "To Hell and Back".

I think you may find my photo albums... interesting! smiley



Thanks for taking the time to view these albums.

Revisions for KC7AIK - Address revised on March 23rd 2011 - First Name revised to "Altair" on January 6th 2014.

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