[amsat-bb] AMSAT presentation & California road trip (9-13 July)

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Wed Jul 1 20:33:19 UTC 2015


I will be driving to southern California next Thursday (9 July), in advance
of a presentation I will give for the Escondido Amateur Radio Society that
evening. After that presentation, and after spending the next day (Friday,
10 July) in and around San Diego, I will head north. Other than a planned
stop at the DM04/DM05 grid boundary north of Los Angeles (the same spot I
stopped at last September, near Mojave CA and Edwards AFB), I am probably
going to head further north. I don't have to be back home until the
following Monday (13 July) evening, so I have some time to go either north
through the San Joaquin Valley, or over to the Pacific coast, or some sort
of loop to see a lot more of central California.

I have not set an itinerary for the portion of my trip after the DM04/DM05
stop, but have asked other satellite operators via Twitter for feedback on
some grids that I could visit while I am on the road. I'm now asking the
grid hunters here on the -BB the same thing. If I look to go up or down the
Pacific coast, grids I could visit include CM94 through CM96, and possibly
even as far north as Santa Cruz and the almost-all-wet grid CM86. If I stay
inland, DM0x grids would be where I'd probably drive through. I'm not
planning to go all the way up to the Bay Area, although Santa Cruz is not
that far from San Jose. Any thoughts from the crowd here, on grids that I
should try to visit between 11 and 13 July?

On my way back to Phoenix on 13 July, I may be able to make a stop on the
DM23/DM24 boundary, either north of Quartzsite on the Arizona side of the
Colorado River, or just across the river along US-95 in California. This
stop will depend on whether or not a satellite pass is available when I go
through that area. I won't be driving I-10 on my way to San Diego on 9
July, so I won't be able to make this stop early in the trip.

While on the road, I plan on running APRS using WD9EWK-9, which should be
visible on sites like http://aprs.fi/WD9EWK-9 . I'll also use my @WD9EWK
Twitter feed to post updates, even if I can only send SMS messages with
those updates. QSOs will be uploaded to Logbook of the World.

Thanks in advance, and 73!

Twitter: @WD9EWK

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