[amsat-bb] Re: EM97 WV Grid Expedition wrap up etc.

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Mon Oct 26 22:18:08 PDT 2009

Hi John!

> The EM97 grid operation on 24 October came off as planned.
> The operating location proved to be quite good.  The lowest
> western AO-27 pass was only 8 degrees and I was able to hear
> the entire 7 minutes of it.  The last pass of AO-51 at 2338z
> was the most difficult because of the many competing signals.
> Many are not full duplex and cannot hear the buzz and continue
> to transmit.  Even so, 21 different callsigns were heard and
> nine of them were worked.  It was very hard to transmit into
> the bird but very easy to hear it.

Thanks for making the trip down there!  I missed you on the
earlier AO-27 pass (work got in the way), but was very happy
to get you on that AO-51 pass.

In addition to your trip, I was able to log KC0ZHF in EN04 and
N0JE in EN06 (I missed his Sunday effort from a grid boundary),
during that AO-51 pass Saturday afternoon.  It is nice to hear so
many different grids on the birds lately.  It's even better to be close
to home and have a chance to work others going out to unusual or
rare places.  :-)

For those who have worked me on many of my trips in the last
couple of years, don't worry - I'm not stopping.  I have to be a little
more creative, since I've operated from so many different places
out here as well as on my trips to Dayton and Baltimore this year.

John - maybe we can get you to take a drive through Ontario, away
from the heavily-populated FN03 grid to some of the other places
up there.  How about a Canadian road trip around the lakes ending
up in northern Minnesota?   :-)



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