[amsat-bb] DM35/DM45 trip today - report
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sun Mar 22 00:35:06 PDT 2009
I just returned home in the past hour, after a fun day away from
Phoenix in the mountains and trees of northern Arizona. It was
a little breezy, some snow was still on the mountaintops and in
shady spots in the areas around 7000 feet/2134m elevation or
higher, and a great day to play radio.
I used the same spot I went to twice in 2008 to park on the
DM35/DM45 grid boundary (112 degrees North). In fact, I was able
to put my radio gear in the back of my truck exactly on the spot
I used for those two trips last year, and then take the now-
obligatory photos for VUCC documentation. I was along old US 66
just north of the I-40 freeway 20 miles/32km west of FLagstaff
I worked two AO-27 passes and two AO-51 passes from here this
afternoon/evening. The ISS gear was turned off for the spacewalk,
and remained off into the evening. SO-50 was passing by at almost
the same times as the two AO-51 passes, and I decided to work the
AO-51 V/U repeater instead of SO-50. I made 11 QSOs on each of
the AO-27 passes, 10 on the first AO-51 pass to the east, and 6
on the later western AO-51 pass. Stations from southern Mexico
to Alaska and Canada went in the log from there. Making 38 QSOs
on 4 passes, and avoiding the heat in Phoenix... not a bad day.
This was my first time on AO-27 since it was brought back from the
dead earlier this month. Nice to see so many stations on those 7-
minute passes. Hopefully it stays operational for a long time, to
fill in those afternoons before AO-51 comes by later in the day
(for those of us in the western USA). Of course, the first AO-51
pass I had was full of stations. Not too many, later in the day,
on the western pass.
Before I went out to the DM35/DM45 line, I took a bunch of pictures
of the Flagstaff area including the Lowell Observatory that is
above downtown Flagstaff. I'm thinking about taking the pictures I
have from today, and making a small slide show and making it
available to whoever wants it. With a digital camera I bought a
year ago, I now have lots of pictures and - with the trips I've
done in the last year - lots of stories I could put to "paper".
If I missed working you from DM35/DM45 today, I will be back in that
area during the upcoming summertime. There is a hamfest in Williams,
a small town about 10 miles/16km west of where I stopped today, and
I would probably make a trip back to this spot like I did before the
same hamfest last year. Plus any open weekend I have could be a good
time to go there, when it is over 110F (44C) here in Phoenix.
Good night, and 73!
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