[amsat-bb] N American Satellite Activity UP

Clayton Coleman kayakfishtx at gmail.com
Fri Mar 28 09:20:09 PDT 2014

The past 7 days there has been a noticeable increase in activity on
most satellite passes over North America due in part to a grid
expedition by AC0RA.  Wyatt posted his expedition here on the BB a few
weeks ago.  Over the course of this past week I understand he has made
hundreds of contacts.

Some of the grids Wyatt visited have not been activated on the birds
in several years.  This was evident by the number of people who are
leading the ARRL VUCC Satellite standings needing those grids.
Fortunately Wyatt put forth an effort that accomodated many working
peoples' schedules and whether or not people who needed that grid were
in the footprints he worked.

One thing that can be done to encourage such activity is by mentoring
new stations.  I cringe at the "anti-handheld in the backyard
mentality" because those operators are our future.  Some of them may
take on roles in AMSAT engineering, some may focus on operations (grid
trips,) and more importantly some may desire to educate the next
generation about satellite and space communications.

Last night I worked a station who told me I was one of his first
contacts.  We've exchanged a few emails and now he's looking to
operate from a rare, neighboring grid square situated a mere 5 miles
from his home.

It's been a fun week for many of us chasing these seldom-heard grids.
 If you have the equipment to operate outside the confines of your
shack, I would encourage you to do so.  Not only is it an opportunity
to refresh your basic skills, it attracts others to do so, and gives a
chance for you to activate grid squares absent of any regular
satellite operators.


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