[amsat-bb] Back from VE8

David Maciel (XE3DX) david.xe3dx at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 18:36:41 UTC 2017

Always do a good job, Congratulations Gabe, for my geographic location and
antennae work very little in great travel miles and grids I am happy, you
help many people to get new grids. I hope to work for you when the dream of
taking the lead (V31) is fulfilled. Thanks for the new grids on lotw.

David (Dave)

David Maciel XE3DX

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2017-02-07 12:17 GMT-06:00 Gabriel Zeifman <gabrielzeifman at gmail.com>:

> Hello fellow bird trackers and sky talkers,
> I have safely returned to EM15 from the reaches of the sub-Arctic. What a
> great trip with 1,140 contacts in the log (over 900 already with
> confirmations in LoTW).
> The trip started out very well filling in many holes in holes in many
> people's 488 maps in DN land and a bit of EN land.
> After crossing the border, many never before heard grids were activated.
> The real fun began after crossing the 60th Parallel into the Northwest
> Territories and into DP land, a field that most people had never worked.
> The conditions were great, temperatures weren't absurd (don't get me wrong,
> still damn cold). The Winter Roads I did get on were great (lots of fun
> working from the Detah Winter Road on Great Slave Lake in DP22). Nothing
> greater than working across the Atlantic while on an ice road under the
> northern lights... DP00 was definitely the most absurd grid I visited, on
> the Trout Lake Winter Road. Next time I'll have to go further and get into
> CP90.
> Everything seemed to go very well up until around day three in VE8 when all
> of my coax jumpers began acting up. I still managed to get on some passes
> with this setup and make some great contacts. It eventually got bad enough
> where I had one jumper that seemed to work alright and the whip on my car
> and used that for 2m, basically limiting me to FO-29 (where I was very
> quiet most of the time).
> Upon getting into BC, John K8YSE found Tim VE7XIX (former VE5SAT, AC2GK). I
> met up with Tim in Fort Saint John, BC and he had everything we needed to
> make a temporary repair on two of my jumpers. Thanks to Tim the portion
> between BC and Portland, OR was saved (solder and lots of gorilla tape).
> Upon reaching Oregon and California, thanks to Clayton W5PFG and Steve N9IP
> I was able to get some new coax jumpers.
> The drive down the coast and through the desert was great, many rare grids
> activated. A memorable time was driving through LA and listening to the
> 147.435 repeater and checking into the "Bong Hit Net" at 4:20PM.
> It was great to meet many hams throughout the trip, in both the US and
> Canada. Especially fun was attending the Palm Springs Hamfest and meeting
> many SoCal sat ops (and a certain displaced 9 lander). My buddy Ethan also
> passed his tech at at the hamfest and will soon be KE0xxx and hopes to get
> on the birds soon. Was great to meet John K8YSE in Mesa and get EN91 as a
> /r grid (easiest /r grid I've ever gotten).
> All contacts are uploaded to LoTW. If you are missing anything, now would
> be a good time to start emailing. Big thanks to Dave KG5CCI, Fernando
> NP4JV, and Paul N8HM for being my QSL managers. Those three received my
> logs via Iridium messages and uploaded. If you enjoyed receiving instant
> QSLs from the sub-Arctic out of range of any terrestrial networks, thank
> those three, it wouldn't have been possible without them.
> Thanks to all for all the contacts, it was a ton of fun and I look forward
> to the next one (I'm itching to use V31NJ, hint hint)!
> 73,
> Gabe
> NJ7H
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