[amsat-bb] Field Day

Wyatt Dirks dirkswyatt10 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 29 02:42:26 UTC 2015

Had a decent time here in Iowa operating as W0GQ. Missed out on several
ao73 passes Sunday do to weather and the failure of 2 genorators at the
same time. Seemed to me like activity was about the same on the sats as in
the past minus the early fo29 passes. The far west fo29 pass Sunday morning
had less then 10 people on.

I still need to locate my log book in the pile of gear but had close to 80
qsos all on ssb except for 1 so50 qso which as normal was the hardest qso
to pull off. Being right in the middle of the US everytime I have footprint
there are others already on. The biggest problem are the amount of people
calling cq on so50.

Also managed 2 ao7 mode a contacts. On the last 2 passes of ao7 I couldn't
hear it on mode b or mode a but reports were it was very weak on mode a.
The 2 qsos I made on mode a were solid copy so not sure what happened the
following passes.

Station used here was same basic station I setup at home. Ic9100 with 7
elements on 2m horizontal and 2 8ft 435 yagis with switch for vertical and
horizontal all mounted on a g5500 at about 24ft. For 10m downlink on ao7 I
used a moxon at 40ft.

Personal best for me on amsat field day so pretty pleased and had a good

73 Wyatt
On Jun 28, 2015 9:00 PM, "Paul Stoetzer" <n8hm at arrl.net> wrote:

> How did everyone's Field Day go? Heard quite a bit of QSOs made. Heard
> quite a bit of struggling too!
> Weather was awful, so I was just operating from the grounds of my
> apartment building here in DC. I managed 20 QSOs with 5 watts, which
> wasn't easy with how overloaded the transponders were with strong
> signals.
> Next year maybe I'll help out a local club on the sats.
> 73,
> Paul, N8HM
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