[amsat-bb] ZF1DM active on SO-50

Kevin M n4ufo at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 9 00:12:33 UTC 2015

Hi all. The last few days I have been hearing a callsign trying to get into SO-50 but kept missing the first letter; something Fox one Delta Mike. I scratched my head on that one as there is no KF1DM in the FCC database. On a low elevation pass (for me) of SO-50 today I finally caught the whole call, ZF1DM!  It was very near my LOS, but we managed to squeak in a QSO. He e-mailed me later to say it was his FIRST satellite QSO! Also sent me a picture of the 2m tape measure beam he was using... - Moral to the story... he is a new ham, definitely a new sat op and I didn't see any gain antenna for UHF, so he may not be hearing really well. I know many will want to work him, but I'd like to suggest to try and take it easy on him until he gets his 'bird legs', so to speak. (I'm not even sure he has QSL cards, but I did asked.)  Sure is nice to see any new activity, but especially a new op in another DXCC.-Just wanted to share the info to help avoid confusion... good luck and 73 all, Kevin N4UFO.

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