[amsat-bb] Re: Satellite QSO distance record attempt

Kevin Groth hislens at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 09:01:48 PST 2009

So far, my record is 3019 miles on AO51.  I caught KL4E, Craig, up in
Alaska.  My furthest contact south is 2484 miles to YV5DSL, Jose, in
Caracas, Venezuela.  I work days so I can't usually get on in the mornings
during the week but later in the evenings around 10pm-1am CST, I usually
have SO50 all to myself or maybe one other station- which is absolutely no
good at all, but I always try to CQ South America in hopes of going further

This morning, I had a scheduled contact with NH7WN, Robert, in Honolulu-
which would have been a 3753.190 mile contact.  He was on an HT and an Arrow
standing in 40 mph winds and rain at 4:40am his time!!  Sawson, KG6NUB, set
everything up and did a great job of coordinating the attempted QSO.  Thanks
Sawson!  Apparently we just missed the QSO.  Robert heard me but I did not
hear him.  I believe I waited just a moment too long to transmit and lost
the window.  Seconds counted there!  I also appreciate the courtesy of
VE6AB, Jerry, and K6CDW, David, for clearing during the attempt.  All in
all, it was a great attempt and we plan on trying again as soon as possible.


-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Nick Kucij [mailto:dnkucij at myfairpoint.net] 
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 9:18 AM
To: hislens at gmail.com
Subject: [amsat-bb] Satellite QSO distance records

Hi Kevin,

I was surprised your post did not attract more discussion than it did,  
as it seems we all love the DX. I've also searched online before and  
could not find anything except for the AO-7 references. I've never  
found the actual footprint dimensions for AO-51/AO-27 either. This  
summer while on the coast of Maine, I tried some trans-atlantic DX on  
AO-51 and AO-27 for the first time. I was using a handheld and  
homebrew yagi (2up, 5down) pictured on my QRZ page. To my amazement, I  
worked the Canary Is. and Spain on my first try from the top of  
Cadillac Mt. in Acadia National Park..

Since returning home to Vermont, I've kept at it, sometimes using a  
small amp and/or preamp. I've been quite successful with confirmed  
contacts from the Azores, Canary Is, Spain, England, Ireland,  
Scotland, and Iceland. All of these have been on LEO FM birds ay DX in  
the +/- 3000 mile range. Some of them were made completely barefoot on  
the HTs, some were two way HT with no amp either side! I've heard  
Wales, but he didn't hear me.

My best DX QSO on AO-27 is England at 3203 Miles (5155 Km). My best DX  
contact on AO-51 is the Canary Is at 3339 miles (5374 km) It's always  
a thrill to do it even when I work the same station over again.

My best North American continental DX is Inuvik, NWT at 2674 miles on  

I see you have a great antenna set-up. How far south have you been  
able to work with it?


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