[amsat-bb] EM-97 West Virginia Operation Saturday 24 Oct

John Papay john at papays.com
Wed Oct 21 17:37:23 PDT 2009

A grid dxpedition to EM97 in West Virginia is planned for Saturday 
afternoon October 24th.  It's about 600 miles round trip so the first 
pass of AO-27 at 1734z will likely be the beginning of the 
operation.  Then AO-27 at 1912z, AO-27 a 2054z followed by AO-51 at 
2200z and possibly 2339z if it's not too dark.

West coast stations should try for the 2054z AO-27 pass since the 
2339z AO-51 pass could be dropped.  West Virginia is very mountainous 
and it is difficult to find a high point that can see down low to the 
horizon.  That and the fact that there are not that many hams in this 
grid are likely the cause of it being uncommon.

There are no digi's close to where I will operate but there may be coverage
from mountaintop digis far away.  Track with k8yse-8.  I'll also have 
the ISS APRS radio going which might relay the position to the aprs servers.
Unfortunately, there will not be any ISS passes while I'm at the operating
location, however, there will be passes in the morning on the way down.
The APRS radio is k8yse-9.  I will attempt to operate on the way down while
in motion.

I'll have HF capability on the way, probably on 40 meters most of the time.

The weather forecast is for rain and possible thunderstorms.  I hope they
will not be too severe.  As long as it is not lightning, I will operate in
the rain somehow.

Please email with suggestions and/or schedule requests.  As always, no qsl
card is necessary.  All contacts will be confirmed.

John K8YSE

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