[amsat-bb] Last night's DM36 activity by AD7DB & N7JY
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Mon Dec 15 17:06:34 UTC 2014
I received another e-mail from Dave AD7DB this morning,
following up on the quick stop he and his brother John
N7JY made in northwestern Arizona for an SO-50 pass
late last night. It sounded like they enjoyed working
that pass from a rare spot.
Dave and John were driving from Utah back to southern
California, and found that they could stop in grid DM36
for one SO-50 pass last night. DM36 covers much of the
Grand Canyon, along with portions of Arizona north of
the canyon and around the small section of I-15 that
connects Nevada and Utah. Dave and John stopped at
milepost 12 along old US-91 (the highway between Las
Vegas and Salt Lake City, before I-15 was built), 3
miles north of Beaver Dam. This spot was in grid DM36aw.
Dave said they had a great view of the sky to work SO-50,
and also see some of the Geminid meteor shower last night.
Dave and John were using an older Kenwood TM-V7A
2m/70cm FM mobile transceiver, connected to an Elk
2m/70cm log periodic antenna, operating full-duplex.
This is the setup they have been using to work SO-50
While I was in the footprint, I heard AD7DB and N7JY
work several other stations after I worked AD7DB -
W5CBF and N0JY in Texas, AC0RA in Iowa, WN8QGV in
Michigan, and N4UFO in North Carolina. Dave and John
are relatively new to working satellites, and did a good
job to hand out QSOs from that spot near the middle of
nowhere. :-) They will prepare QSL cards with grid DM36
and that location listed on the card, when they return
Thanks to Dave and John for making the effort last night.
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