[amsat-bb] Re: AO-40 DX Record...

i8cvs domenico.i8cvs at tin.it
Sun Mar 20 12:55:30 PDT 2011

Hi Frank, K0BLT

If I well remeber is with you that I had many QSO's with AO40 at elevation
of -2 or -3 degrees belove my horizon over the sea or am I wrong ?

73" de

i8CVS Domenico

----- Original Message -----
From: <k0blt at juno.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2011 7:31 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-40 DX Record...

> Greetings to all,I may have what should be one of the most "footprint
stretching" DX QSOs via AO-40.  A group of German fellows made a DX-pedition
to Cocos (Keeling) Islands in 2003.  Their grid locator was NH87 and my grid
was DN81.  I heard them only once and it was on a day near the end of their
operation.  I was hearing a few fellows on the West Coast working them but I
couldn't hear a "peep" from the DX station.  All of the sudden they were
there, Q5.  I couldn't believe my ears!  We exchanged the usual 5NN on CW as
with most all expedition signal reports.  My Elmer, Joe, K0VTY, and I had
often talked of stretching the footprint but it never occured to me that I'd
have the opportunity to do just that.  As I recall, there were less than 5
degrees, according to InstaTrack, for me to make the contact before LOS at
both ends.  I always blamed the giant Elm tree just accross the street from
me for preventing my hearing much that appeared on the low western horizon.
After I!
>   collected my senses, I went outside and had a look at that "cursed"
tree.  To my suprise my antennas were pointed at a "hole" in that tree no
bigger than a bushel basket.  Obviously that hole provided me the one in a
thousand shot I had at working VK9CD on the 20th of Oct., 2003.  I have been
a DXer for over 50 years and I've had many memorable and lucky DX QSOs but
VK9CD ranks right up there near the top of my list.  I wish that we still
had a bird in orbit that would allow such "thrills" but alas.......73 to
everyone and we can continue to hope....  Frank, K0BLT
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