[amsat-bb] thanks for DM32/DM42 QSOs yesterday
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sun May 9 21:23:55 PDT 2010
Thanks to all the stations that made QSOs with WD9EWK yesterday,
while I was down at the DM32xx/DM42ax grid boundary near Maricopa
AZ. I parked along a road, a couple hundred yards/meters south
of the spot where four grids come together (those two, plus DM33
and DM43). I logged a total of 50 QSOs on 7 passes - 2 each on
AO-51, SO-50, and AO-7; plus one FO-29 pass - in just over 3 hours.
I was unsuccessful on an FO-29 pass with maximum elevation of 8
degrees from that location a few minutes past 0000 UTC, south of the
Southern Pacific transcontinental railroad line and near a Nissan
automotive test center. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon,
a warm day in the central Arizona desert - around 95F/35C outside
when I started, but comfortable for the last pass I worked at
0220-0240 UTC on AO-7 at sunset.
I have written out cards for anyone who requested confirmation for
QSOs made yesterday. Those will go to the post office tomorrow
morning. I also wrote out additional cards for stations that I've
never worked from DM32 before, some with SASEs if those stations
are new for my log, since DM32 is particularly rare on the satellites
(most of the grid is a military bombing range, with a small part
extending into northern Mexico). Please e-mail me if you would like
to receive a QSL card for a QSO from DM32/DM42.
Since the northeast corner of grid DM32 is less than an hour's drive
from downtown Phoenix, this is a location I visit periodically. If
you need DM32 for your satellite log and missed me yesterday, please
let me know. We can make arrangements for a quick stop down there
even in the summertime to make a QSO.
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