[amsat-bb] K7UGA wrap-up

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Mon Feb 20 14:09:23 PST 2012


Thanks to all the stations that worked the K7UGA special-event station
in the past week, helping the Central Arizona DX Association in its
commemoration of the Arizona statehood centennial.  Between Tom NQ7R 
and me, we made 122 satellite QSOs.  Tom, who worked satellites a long
time ago and is coming back to them, worked a handful of passes I didn't 
work at the end of the week.  He also worked a VO-52 pass I was on Sunday 
morning.  I was able to get WD9EWK into the K7UGA log, when Tom worked me 
as K7UGA.  :-)   I was able to make at least one QSO on every pass I 
attempted as K7UGA, and there was one FM pass that saw 14 QSOs logged! 

Tom worked his passes from his home in Casa Grande AZ (grid DM42).  For
passes I worked at the start of the week through Thursday afternoon, I 
was operating from DM43 here in the Phoenix area.  For the passes I 
worked Friday and Saturday, I was at the Yuma Hamfest.  On Sunday
morning,  I parked next to the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic 
Park overlooking the Colorado River.  Both Yuma sites are in grid DM22.  

Besides the satellite operating Tom and I did as K7UGA, other CADXA
members activated the call on all HF bands along with 6m and 2m from 
locations all over Arizona.  I even used the call from the AMSAT table 
inside the main hall at the Yuma hamfest Saturday morning on a cross-band
repeater that flew with a high-altitude balloon.  I made QSOs as K7UGA 
with a couple of stations outside the hall at the hamfest and two others 
in different parts of Arizona through that repeater.  

Initial reports show that K7UGA made over 6500 QSOs on all bands 
including the satellites during the past week.  Whether you worked K7UGA
on the satellites, on HF, or in both places, thanks to all who took the 
time to call K7UGA.  It was a fun time working as K7UGA, especially 
hearing some of the (quick) stories related to the call's original holder,
Barry Goldwater.  


Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK 

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