If you happen to pass by the Capitol Park Plaza building at 201 Eye St. SW some morning or evening, you might find Paul Stoetzer out in the parking lot using ham radio to communicate with other hams in the USA and overseas via any of a number of AMSAT-OSCAR (Orbital Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio). Recently, Paul was given permission to use the call letters W1AW of the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, which is celebrating its centennial year. In this photo, Paul demonstrates how he communicates via satellite using a “wearable,” battery-operated transmitter and receiver and a hand-held antenna.
For more information about ham radio and OSCAR satellites, visit www.arrl.org and www.amsat.org
Photo by Perry Klein