[amsat-bb] Fwd: Field Day

Bill Dillon bill.g.dillon at gmail.com
Mon Jun 29 16:09:03 UTC 2015

I made my first via-satellite contact attempt on two afternoon SO50
Saturday passes.  I suppose Field Day is probably the worst time to try for
a first contact. ;-)  I also had a bunch of people come out to watch me
(No!  Go away!  I hardly know what I'm doing!  I want to fail in peace,
without an audience!).  I do appreciate fellow BVARC hams who helped hold
the antenna, make a recording, and call out az and elevation, while I
shifted frequencies and tried to make a contact.

I was absolutely thrilled (and I think others were impressed) to start
picking up voices at a slant range of 1500 miles.  I couldn't bust the pile
up with my little HT, but I can't wait to try again (and again, and again)!


--Bill, KG5FQX (operating as KK5W for Field Day)

On Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 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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