[amsat-bb] Trip Report - CN90 Portable Northern California

David Palmer KB5WIA kb5wia at amsat.org
Mon Jul 25 20:58:47 PDT 2011

Hi Everyone,

This weekend I was able to sneak in some satellite operating during a
camping trip with my XYL.  We went up to Eagle Lake in Lassen National
Forest, which is in Northern California and grid CN90.  I had no idea
if satellite operation would even be possible from that location
(time-wise or terrain-wise) but it turned out it was pretty good!  The
lake had low mountains around it, not more than a few degrees above
the horizon in all directions.  I was able to work quite a few
satellite passes there, and it was a lot of fun talking to friends in
the sat community from that somewhat remote location!

The equipment worked well, and I learned the importance of verifying
the computer has updated keps before leaving home!  My netbook
computer had keps that were several months old, which made
computer-aided tuning of the linear birds almost impossible!  Ugh,
lesson learned, and another opportunity to practice manual tuning.
Patrick's suggestion of headset and voice recorder really worked well

I've put some pictures on the website at:

Anyone who worked me and wants a QSL card, just send me an email.

73 de Dave KB5WIA

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