Wil Robertson – AI4QT tried to gather support from a local radio club to help with this, but finds himself alone at the mic today taking calls from all over the US – enjoying stories from other hams as they recall where they were and what they were doing 40 years ago. Many recall watching on B&W TV as the mission progressed, some were in the military, one says he didn’t get to see it on TV because he was getting married.
These folks are sharing part of their legacy, and reinforcing that the general public is still thrilled and captivated with the US space program. In reviewing old station logs from the somewhat defunct radio club at MSFC, I have seen records indicating that the ham station there made contact with hundreds, sometimes thousands of other operators during these lunar missions… it was a big event and they had operators scheduled to operate around the clock. Hams from all over the world sent QSL cards and received in return a special certificate confirming that they had been in contact with MSFC during a mission. What a thrill that was for them.
I’m not going to get up on my soapbox today looking for the passion that drove us in years past, but rather just to offer my thanks and appreciation to Wil for making this effort – on his own – to help keep these memories alive. I’ve listened in on dozens of his contacts this afternoon on 7.210 MHz as Wil asks each contact where they were, and what they were doing , 40 years ago this weekend. He gets some fascinating responses. When I made contact on the air with Wil, he said he has made over 200 other contacts already today.
My hats off to ya buddy – Bravo Zulu !!!