[amsat-bb] CJ7EWK from Vancouver (CN89), so far...
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sat Nov 8 23:55:10 PST 2008
Hello from Vancouver!
I am enjoying this quick vacation to Canada. I made my trip to grid
CO80 - the ski resort at Whistler, north of Vancouver - on Friday.
Due to constant rain and some snow, I did not attempt to work the
radio from up there. I was able to do some operating on Saturday
from the Vancouver area, and hope for a little more tomorrow
For Saturday, I parked near an elementary school in the suburb of
Burnaby, east of downtown Vancouver. It was on a high spot in this
city built on hills, and a good spot for satellite operating. On
AO-16, I used one of my FT-817NDs (I did not bring both of them) with
a Maldol AH-510R telescoping whip. To avoid stressing the BNC
connector on the radio, I put a short length of coax on the radio
with an adapter so I could hold the antenna away from the radio. I
used the strap on the radio's carrying case to put the radio around
my neck, and used the mic with my other hand. I was able to do a
good job with the antenna in this unusual configuration. It was a
challenge to break through the eastern wall of stations on the first
AO-16 pass, but was able to work 7 stations on the 2237 UTC pass and
one more QSO on the later pass at 0016 UTC.
Later in the evening on AO-51, I used the same AH-510R whip directly
on my IC-T7H HT. For the first pass I tried at 0150 UTC, I worked 8
stations. Thanks to Angelo N5UXT, for trying to cut a hole in the
early part of the pass so I could get in with my HT/whip station.
I knew I would be at a disadvantage in leaving my Yagi and log
periodic antennas at home, but it helped to keep my checked bag a
little lighter - and less for the airport security to get curious
about. I worked 3 more stations on the western pass at 0330 UTC.
I may be able to get on AO-16 Sunday afternoon. There is a slight
possibility I might get on VO-52 in the late morning. It may be on a
western pass only. I now have a small "netbook" laptop, which has
been very useful on this trip. I can run a tracking program - for
this experiment, VO-52 - and follow the program's display to set my
transmit frequency up to the satellite if I try a pass. I do not
have both of my FT-817NDs with me, and I have only had this laptop
since last Tuesday - not enough time for me to get the CAT cable
working between this laptop and the radio. I will start my
experimenting with this laptop to control both of my 817s, which
would help me out a lot. :-)
For anyone who works CJ7EWK this weekend, I will be happy to QSL our
contact(s). Please e-mail me the QSO information, and I will send
you my CJ7EWK QSL after I return to Arizona if you are in the log.
Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK (CJ7EWK on the satellites this weekend)
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