[amsat-bb] satellite qso

Jim White jim at coloradosatellite.com
Fri Jun 12 20:37:21 UTC 2015

HI John,

Yes, you were the first.  As listed in order in the previous email.

That pass was mostly through the villa for the first half. Apparently 
the uplink was getting through it but the downlink was blocked.

Next pass will be in the clear once it clears the volcano after about 4 
minutes or so.

The only stations worked were listed in the previous email.

Sorry, we are are not going to take time to pass the grid.  Just a waste 
of time in my view.  We are in FK86vs, as posted on qrz.com / vp2mkv.

We are pleased to give out Montserrat to as many unique calls as 
possible.  We should be able to be on passes as listed on the qrz.com 
page for at least the next 4 days.  We got a late start because our 
crate of antennas, which we paid to have sent directly to the villa, had 
to be ransomed out of customs, which took two days and hours and hours 
of time, two inches of documents, a lot of explaining, along with money. 
But it's all good now with 6 HF antennas up and a big 6 meter beam.  
Made a few 6 meter contacts yesterday, nothing today.  Our 6 meter 
beacon board turned out not to be compatible with the keyer so we are 
not beaconing on 50.102 as previously advertised, but will be listening 
mostly on 50.125.  Hoping for Europe tomorrow morning.

HF has been noisy and weak signals until just the past few hours.


eOn 6/12/2015 1:26 PM, John Papay wrote:
> Tim,
> Thanks for getting on FO-29 from VP2M.  And thanks for
> letting everyone know where you would be transmitting.  It
> helped me find you since it was 29KHz up from the center
> on receive.  I heard Drew calling CQ near 850 at my AOS.
> When I found you up at 879 I thought he might have already
> worked you.  But then I heard him work you much later.
> I gave you a long call because I thought you might not know
> exactly where you were on receive.  I was strong into the bird
> but you weren't hearing me very well at first.  Later on you
> were hearing calls right away.  I heard you finish with KB1RVT
> at your LOS.  I do have a recording which I will post.  Did you
> work any South Americans?  Was I the first NA contact?
> The next pass should be very good for most of the US.  I will be
> calling you again but this time with K8YSE/7, my internet remotable
> station in Mesa Arizona.  It's a good idea to give your grid
> square on the exchange.  Although it is not rare, it's likely a
> new one for many who will be trying to work you.
> Thanks very much for making the effort.  A new country on the birds
> is a big deal.
> 73,
> John K8YSE
> John Papay
> john at papays.com

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