[amsat-bb] DM45 on Tuesday 16 November - report
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Thu Nov 18 20:21:22 PST 2010
I'm getting caught up on my logbook, and wanted to thank everyone who
worked WD9EWK on Tuesday while I was in northern Arizona. I had posted
to the -BB that morning about my plans to operate from there, and logged
43 QSOs on 5 passes - 2 passes each on AO-27 and SO-50, plus an FO-29
pass in the late afternoon. A good day away from the office in the
I was in Flagstaff to take in the high altitude training camp for
the Collingwood Football Club, an Australian rules football club
that has been coming to Arizona in November over the past few years
(their season in the Australian Football League typically runs from
March until the end of September or in early October). Their Arizona
base of operations is Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Many
other sports teams, along with some Olympic competitors, use the
Flagstaff area for this sort of training. Flagstaff is at 7000 feet
(2133m) above sea level, and there are mountains near the city up as
high as 12000 feet (3658m) elevation. The Grand Canyon is just over an
hour northwest of the city. Flagstaff is only 2 hours north of Phoenix,
and a place I like to visit from time to time.
I spent the morning in the NAU Skydome, a 16000-seat domed stadium
on the campus, watching the club work out on the football field. Later
in the morning, the club went to a weight room under the stands, and
invited me to follow them down there. These guys traveled thousands
of miles/km from Australia, and were happy to see a local fan up there.
Seeing their kicking practice, I can see why several Australians are
punters in the NFL. Even the Collingwood coach could kick the football
far enough to be an NFL punter, and he's 57! I took lots of pictures and
video, even getting autographs from several players and the coach. I've
watched Australian football since the early 80s, and have been a fan of
the Collingwood club for most of that time. It was very cool to be among
one of those clubs not far from my home. (Note to self - a US ham doesn't
need to file paperwork to operate ham radio in Australia anymore. Hmmm...)
After the club broke for lunch and other activities away from the Skydome,
I went out to the parking lot to work both AO-27 and SO-50 just after 1300
local (2000 UTC). Fifteen QSOs were logged on the AO-27 pass, and 8 more
on the subsequent SO-50 pass. I drove around Flagstaff, thinking about
getting a bite to eat, but simply returning to the Skydome for the AO-27
and SO-50 passes starting at 2144 UTC. Six QSOs on AO-27, then 9 more on
the SO-50 pass just after 2200 UTC.
I had read the e-mail from JE9PEL about the successful reactivation of
FO-29 earlier in the morning, and wanted to try working a pass up there
before making the drive home. There was a pass starting around 2342 UTC.
After getting a bite to eat after the FM passes, I was ready for FO-29.
I logged 5 QSOs on that pass, and that wrapped up my satellite operating
for the day.
Of the stations I worked on Tuesday, I know that I've worked some of
them from DM45 or the DM35/DM45 boundary at some point in the pass. I
know for a few others that DM45 would be a new grid. As I tell others
and sometimes mention in -BB posts, I can go back to a particular grid
every few months and be a new grid for someone. I will print some QSL
cards for the afternoon's QSOs, and be happy to mail out cards for anyone
who worked me from there. Just drop me an e-mail with the QSO details,
and you don't have to mail a QSL card or SASE to me.
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