I just received a beautiful certificate from the ISS Fan Club site (www.issfanclub.com) confirming my reception of SSTV images during the July 2015 celebration of the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975. While my images were not as good as I would have hoped (local conditions were a bit iffy), I was thrilled to get them nevertheless. I also received SSTV images back in April celebrating Yuri Gagarin’s mission into space, and believe me I could hardly contain myself. I am not sure what that says about me, except perhaps I am still just a kid at heart, but I’ll take it! Life is tough enough–you have to enjoy the little things when you can!
Here is a JPEG of the certificate:
I confess to really enjoying these types of events and the special award certificates given by the various organizations. I have a first contact award from the ARRL which commemorates my first HF contact. I also have a certificate of participation for a past Mars lander project which carried a microchip with various call signs to Mars. I figured that’s about the only way I could ever get into space!
Of course I have my Worked All States award and my DXCC award hanging in the shack, along with a certificate referencing my first article published in QST. An award which came as a total surprise was winning 1st place for KY in the 2014 ARRL DX Contest (Phone), particularly since I am hardly an avid contester. Perhaps the best of all is the plaque given to me by the OHKYIN Amateur Radio Society for Ham of the Year 2014, an award for which I am most honored and grateful, and which humbles me still.
As I reflect on these various framed memories, I think I misspoke a few moments ago when I said the OHKYIN award was the most memorable one on the wall. In reality it is my first FCC license and certificate of passing the Tech exam. Getting my license was something I had wanted to do as a young boy, but never got to do. I still feel it a great honor and privilege to be able to pick up a microphone and talk to someone around the world, and to be a part of the amateur radio community. Everything else is, as they say, just the icing on the cake! 73!