Next Meeting Is Friday, April 7, 2017
"ARRL 100 year celebration, in year 2014"
by Don Anastasia, AA6W
Don was first licensed as a novice in 1977 as WD6EPV. In 1992, Don received the callsign AA6W, as an Extra Class licensee. He earned a 2 year AA degree, in Liberal Arts from West Valley Jr. College and earned a 4 year Bachelor of Arts degree, in Social Science (History), from Santa Clara University. Don has worked in the computer and Athletic club industries on and off since 1981. He worked for Gavilan Mobile Computer Corporation in 1981. He also worked at Anastasia's Athletic Clubs in 1991, as a front-desk salesperson and club manager.. During the academic school year Don a substitute school teacher for the Saratoga Union School district in grades K-8.
Don's varied accomplishments in Amateur radio include amateur radio DXCC award(s) on HF, including CW DXCC and Mixed DXCC, and Satellite DXCC award no.152. He enjoys working DX and CW modes, and general rag chewing on HF. Occasionally, you can hear him on some of the local vhf/uhf repeaters, chatting with his amateur radio friends. In 2007, Don was the primary control operator for contact with the International Space Station via the Amateur Radio Onboard the International Space Station (ARISS). He and 22 students chatted with astronaut Sunita Williams while she was in orbit in the ISS. In Don's leisure time (what leisure time), he enjoys playing tennis, racquetball, and taking walks along the beach.