[amsat-bb] Chicago-to-Europe satellite QSOs during AMSAT Symposium?
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Thu Sep 30 14:08:05 PDT 2010
I will attend next week's AMSAT Symposium in Chicago, and will
have my portable satellite station (IC-2820H for FM, two FT-817NDs
for SSB, Elk Antennas 2m/70cm log periodic) along for the trip. As
I did on my trip to Dayton earlier this year, I am hoping to have an
opportunity to work stations in western Europe while I am in the
Chicago area. I have made some preliminary pass predictions for
those days, using the Symposium site as my starting point (grid
EN62aa), and there appear to be some passes on AO-7, FO-29, and
even HO-68 that cover both the Chicago area and parts of western
Europe. I am prepared to get up a little early, or make time in
the late afternoons or early evenings, for this effort.
I arrive in Chicago on Thursday (7 October) afternoon, and will
be there through Sunday (10 October) for the Symposium. After the
Symposium concludes on that Sunday morning, I will go sightseeing
around Chicago and possibly drive into Wisconsin and/or Indiana.
My rental car has no mileage limit, so I hope to take full
advantage of that. Sorry, no road trip to Delaware this year. There
will be satellite operating from wherever I end up, although I do
not know what grids besides EN62 I will operate from. I will have
APRS capabilities as I drive around that area, so my location will
be visible for anyone to see online. I will return to Chicago by
Monday (11 October) in the late afternoon, so I can catch my flight
home that evening.
If anyone across the pond is interested in making an attempt at a
satellite QSO with WD9EWK while I am in the Chicago area, please
e-mail me directly. We can start identifying passes that would
support this effort.
Thanks in advance, and 73!
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