Here's me and Ryan trying to work an AO-51 pass tonight from the top floor of the Marriott in Torrance. We attended a seminar by Clint K6LCS on AMSAT and working AO-51 with an HT, and then about 30 people went to the roof to try to work the "bird" during its 14-minute pass.
3 of us had HT's with Arrow Antennas - Clint, Larry, and me and Ryan. Clint managed to break through to 4 different stations, but Ryan wasn't able to get in on the transmit side. We did manage to hear stations throughout the pass, beginning with an XE2 (Mexico) at AOS (Acquisition of Signal) all the way throught to a KL7 (Alaska) at LOS (Loss of Signal). It was a lot of fun and everyone cheered whenever Clint completed a QSO. We even had the famous Gordon West, WB6NOA, as an onlooker. It was a great way to spend the evening.