[amsat-bb] Thanks to AA5UK/KH6 for the FO-29 QSO tonight!
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Wed Mar 31 23:02:18 PDT 2010
Thanks to Adrian AA5UK/KH6 for the FO-29 QSO this evening! It was
nice to work another station from Hawaii. I have worked Hawaii a
few times, and I worked the grid Adrian has been working from (BL02)
a few times last fall when Ron W6ZQ went out there. This was my
first non-FM satellite QSO with Hawaii, and it was fun despite
being out in my normal "home QTH" (Phoenix city park on the
DM33xp/DM43ap grid boundary) well after local sunset.
On that FO-29 pass, I heard a few stations blindly calling for Adrian
even though he was somewhere else on the downlink. Even if he is
trying to work around a particular spot on the downlink, be ready to
tune around to find him. For much of that FO-29 pass, he was about
10 kHz below the center of the downlink. Adrian is the rare DX on
these passes, and there is more to a transponder's downlink than
just the 5 to 10 kHz around the center of the downlink.
Adrian will be out there for a few more days before heading home, so
if you have a shot to try working him - go for it!
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