[amsat-bb] Re: Need East Coast

k6yk k6yk at juno.com
Tue Jan 3 09:39:34 PST 2012

It just takes a little dedication.  I was operating  VERY
casually this year mostly only on Ao-27 and a little on SO-50.
The result for 2011 is:
470 QSOs, 41 states, 175 grids. 

Keep trying, folks! 
And good work Clayton! 

John, K6YK

On Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:42:10 -0600 Clayton Coleman W5PFG
<kayakfishtx at gmail.com> writes:
> Since becoming active on satellites again in April 2011, I have
> managed to work 48 states on the FM transponders with portable
> equipment.  I did not set out to accomplish this minor feat on FM
> alone because I do also operate VO-52, AO-7, and FO-29 /P.  Hawaii 
> is
> impossible for me unless AO-7 is used.  New Hampshire is the other
> state I need but I've got several options to get it confirmed if I
> would just sit down and schedule one with friends.  Maine is not
> common but New Hampshire seems less common in my ~8 month window of
> activity.  All good award confirmations come to those who wait, 
> right?
>  What fun is chasing an award if it's easy?
> There are lots of active grids, states, and countries available for
> paper chasers on the birds.  More importantly, there are many 
> genuine
> and experienced operators for which the satellite community can be
> grateful.  Whether a casual operator, a paper chaser, or DX-hound, 
> the
> current operational birds have a lot to offer proportionate to what
> you put into working them.
> My suspicion is there is a group of "been there, done that"
> experienced operators that don't get on and operate much any more.
> Maybe this is because there's not a HEO satellite, maybe they have 
> all
> the wall paper they want, perhaps they get annoyed the LIDs on FM
> transponders, or maybe they are just waiting on the "next great 
> bird"
> to get them active again.  In any case, I would invite those of you
> who have not operated the current satellites in recent times to get 
> on
> the air so that some of us "newcomers" have a chance to be 
> acquainted
> with you.
> Looking forward to contact with you in 2012.
> 73,
> Clayton
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