[amsat-bb] DN30vx and DN41aa via FO-29
lee.ernstrom at rcwilley.com
Mon Nov 3 01:54:48 UTC 2014
Wow, what a day. It all started this morning when I exchanged emails with
Frank, K5FEG and Jeff, NX9B. Both of them expressed their need for some
grids close to my QTH so I checked the weather outside and it looked pretty
decent so I decided I would activate DN30.
In August of this year while I was checking out good locations on Antelope
Island in the Great Salt Lake for the Perceids meteor shower I found a
great spot on the east side of the island with a great take off to the
east. Unfortunately, it was in DN30 and I really wanted to operate from
DN31 for the shower. This morning when I found out there was some interest
in DN30 I immediately thought of the high spot on the island that would be
an ideal spot to access low angle shots to FO-29 to the east.
So I packed up the car with my radio gear and camera and drove the 18 miles
to the spot I had in mind. When I got there there was a little wind and it
was a little cold but I figured I could withstand fifteen minutes of that.
Since I was several hours early I drove back home and puttered around the
house until it was time to leave for the island again.
When I got there the wind had picked up considerably and the temperature
had really dipped, so instead of operating on the picnic table like I had
planned I moved the radio gear back into the car and operated from there.
Since the satellite didn't rise into the sky very high I didn't have much
adjusting of the antenna to do. Here is a list of the stations I worked
through FO-29 from DN30vx.
K4FEG, KB1RVT, AA5PK, N5JF, AC0RE, NX9B, K3SZH, KB0VXN, WB8RJY, NM3B, NX9G,
WN9Q, K8YSE/7, and WA4NVM (I think).
Well, when that was over I dashed home, grabbed a bite to eat and drove to
a park in west Kaysville, Utah in DN41aa where there was a big parking
lot. FO-29 passed practically right over my location so I struggled to
keep the antenna pointed in the right direction. the stations I worked
from there were...
N5JF, AC0RA, NX9B, XE2BHL, W5PFG, K4FEG, K8YSE/7, AND N6FUB.
When I got home I uploaded all the QSOs to LOTW. I will also produce QSL
cards for anyone who wants a hard copy. Just let me know.
Thanks for the fun! 73,
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