[amsat-bb] WD9EWK from DM52 and DM53 tomorrow afternoon/evening

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Fri Apr 3 22:26:26 PDT 2009


I'm in Tucson AZ tonight, in advance of tomorrow morning's hamfest.
I will not have to hurry back to Phoenix after the hamfest, so I'm
going to make a nice drive home after the hamfest - 300 miles/500km!
I am planning to head toward grid DM53 in eastern Arizona.  I am
confident I will be out in that area for two AO-51 passes tomorrow
evening (0055-0109 and 0236-0247 UTC), possibly parking on the line
between grids DM52 and DM53.  Since it will probably be a 2-hour 
non-stop drive from Tucson to reach DM53, and at least an hour to 
get to a place in DM52 where I can stop and operate, it is possible
that the first AO-27 pass I have at 2030 UTC will be from DM42 (the
same grid as the hamfest).  I am not sure I can make it to DM53 for 
any of the AO-27 or SO-50 passes during the afternoon, but should be
in DM52 for some of those passes.

Although I am traveling with my little laptop, I have already printed
the pass predictions for the FM satellites and VO-52 for the day.  I
also have made notes to know where on my drive I will be in DM52 and
then DM53, so I don't need to run a mapping program on the laptop or
rely on a GPS map while driving.  

For all of my Saturday activity - at the hamfest in Tucson, and on
the road in the afternoon/evening - I will be happy to QSL these
contacts.  Just e-mail me directly with the pertinent details for 
our QSO(s), and I'll get a card out to you.  If I haven't sent out 
my cards from other demonstrations and activity in the last few 
weeks, I can add any cards from tomorrow to the envelope heading 
your way.  


Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK - currently in Tucson, Arizona

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