[amsat-bb] One more NPOTA activation, tomorrow...

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sat Dec 31 01:25:15 UTC 2016


Weather permitting, I am planning to operate from the Tonto
National Monument - east of Phoenix, NPOTA site MN70 - during
the day tomorrow. This site is not in a rare grid, but the
same grid I live in (DM43). Even though it is in DM43, it will
take almost 2 hours to drive out there. I'll work various FM,
SSB, and packet satellites throughout the day, hoping to start
around 1600 UTC.

I have not been out there in a couple of years, but I remember
that mobile phone coverage is spotty out there. I hope to be
able to use my @WD9EWK Twitter feed to send out updates from
the monument, which will show up in a web browser at:


APRS should cover me at the monument and along the highway
that goes past the monument. I'll use WD9EWK-9 as my APRS
call sign for the drive to and from the monument, and for
any ISS and NO-84 passes I work from there. WD9EWK-9 should
be visible at (among other sites):


The NPOTA activation will end no later than 2359 UTC, and
probably some time before that. Between the drive back to
the Phoenix area and wanting to record the WWV broadcast
of the leap second at 23:59:60 UTC, I won't try to work
every possible pass up to the end of the year on the UTC

All QSOs made from Tonto National Monument will be uploaded
to Logbook of the World after I return home, except for the
QSOs made via BY70-1. BY70-1 QSOs will go into Logbook of the
World once ARRL adds that satellite to the system. If you
would like to receive a QSL card for any QSOs made with
WD9EWK, please e-mail me directly with the QSO details. No
need to send me your card or an SASE to get my card.


Twitter: @WD9EWK

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