[amsat-bb] QSL cards mailed today, QSLs for DM30 activity on Saturday, DM31?

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Mon Oct 25 08:41:20 PDT 2010


On my way to the office this morning, I dropped a few dozen envelopes
at the post office.  I finished printing and writing out cards covering 
my trips over the last 3 weekends (7-11 October for the AMSAT Symposium
and post-Symposium travel in/around Illinois, 16 October to a hamfest 
in Tucson AZ followed by a quick trip to DM51/DM52, and Saturday's quick 
trip to DM32/DM42 south of Phoenix) yesterday.  They should start showing 
up in mailboxes over the next few days.  

On Saturday, there were a group of Mexican hams operating on HF and
satellites from grid DM30 south of the Arizona/Mexico border.  I think
that most of the satellite operating from there was done by Alex 
XE2BSS.  If you worked XE2BSS and would like a QSL card, I am Alex's QSL
manager.  Please send those requests to me.  I heard three other calls 
from that group on an SO-50 pass Saturday morning (David XE2DAK, Eliseo
XE2TPJ, and Uriel XE2VAS).  I don't know how active these 3 were on FM
passes later in the day.  Of those 3, I am also the QSL manager for 
XE2VAS.  If you need assistance in getting cards from any of these 4, 
please feel free to e-mail me.  I know all 4 of these guys, and may be 
able to help with the QSL exchange.  

Over the past 2+ years, I have operated from every grid that covers
the state of Arizona.  For all of these grids except one, I have made 
multiple trips to those grids.  I have only made one trip to DM31 in 
southern Arizona in September 2009, and have thought about making a 
return trip now that the summertime heat is done for the year.  Most 
of DM31 is in Mexico, except for the northeast corner that reaches 
into the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the border town of 
Lukeville AZ where I operated from last year.  I would probably make a
return to Lukeville on a future trip.  I don't currently have a Mexican
ham permit, and - even if I had a valid XE permit - I'm not interested 
in crossing the Mexican border at that point.  Since there are new 
operators coming onto the satellites all the time, and some (many?) may 
have missed my last trip down there.  If there is any interest in another 
trip down to DM31, please e-mail me directly. 


Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK 

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