[amsat-bb] AI6DO Field Day Report

Matthew Stevens matthew at mrstevens.net
Sun Jun 23 22:21:54 UTC 2019

the linears were the opposite of empty over here on the east coast... I did
10 passes, making about 40 qsos. The center of the passband on each linear
pass was nuts, with 5-10 different stations all calling cq over one
another. I used a borrowed 910, and my handheld arrow. It was nice to have
the extra power when needed...there was one station in particular that I'm
pretty sure had to be running about 300w lol. Every time they keyed up,
literally every other station in the passband dropped out.

Easiest pass by far was EO-88, I worked N8HM and W4YY, and heard one other
station before the transponder shut off.

It was interesting to work IO-86, there was a handful of STX and FL
stations on, along with the usual south/central american ops. That was a
cool opportunity, and hopefully we will have the chance to do that next
year too. Thanks to AMSAT Ops for coordinating with the LAPANSAT team to
make that possible!


- Matthew nj4y/K4LKL

On Sun, Jun 23, 2019 at 6:02 PM Ryan Noguchi via AMSAT-BB <
amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:

> Unlike last year, where I participated in ARRL and AMSAT Field Day
> concurrently, I did them separately this year.  On Saturday, I worked only
> satellites for AMSAT Field Day from the vicinity of my home. I never
> operated from my property, only from other operating positions along my
> block each optimized for specific pass orientations, all well within an 800
> ft circle. All QSOs were made fully pedestrian-mobile, without recharging
> any of the batteries during the Field Day period.
> Most of the FM satellites were a mess, as expected. The one daylight AO-92
> L/v mode pass, 20 degrees to the west, was pretty empty, but gave me my
> first QSO of the day, with WD9EWK. I chose to dual-wield two antennas
> rather than attach the two together as I've normally done in the past. I
> strapped the DJ-G7T radio to the handle of the 10-element 23cm EBay yagi,
> where the PTT button and the VFO A knob were easily adjustable with just my
> left thumb; in my right hand, I held the Arrow. This worked pretty well,
> and I found it less fatiguing than having one heavier antenna.  Also made
> QSOs on PO-101 and AO-85. AO-85 sounded really good, at least for that
> minute or so I was on. As soon as I got the QSO, I split to go work another
> pass. Tried LilacSat-2 twice, nothing heard.
> The SSB satellites seemed to have few operators on, other than QRO CW
> stations. On one FO-29 pass, there were two CW stations calling CQ nearly
> on top of each other and on top of a SSB station calling CQ, while most of
> the passband was empty. Worked several linear passes, but made only one
> QSO, and we really had to work for that one. The far-western XW-2 passes
> were pretty empty.
> The packet satellites were underutilized, and could have been a great
> source of points had more operators been on. Made several QSOs on
> FalconSat-3 and PSAT, although only one counts for AMSAT Field Day credit.
> Unfortunately, the ISS digipeater was offline.
> Worked a total of 20 passes, although for five of them the satellite was
> inoperative. Total of 6 qualifying QSOs, half of them with WD9EWK. I had
> planned to do several more passes that evening and a few more before
> sunrise the next morning, but I decided to put this day out of its misery
> and conserve my energy for Sunday.
> On Sunday morning, I drove to my portable operating location to operate
> the rest of the Field Day period for only ARRL Field Day. Since I was going
> to operate 2B1B for ARRL Field Day, I used the same operating category for
> my AMSAT Field Day contacts for consistency. For the first time, I made a
> full-time SO2R effort, with one radio dedicated to CW and the other
> dedicated to FT8. Didn't even try SSB.  Also made one FM satellite contact
> after 1800z from that operating location for the 100 pt bonus and my sole
> phone contact for ARRL Field Day.
> So, how'd everyone else's Field Day go?
> 73, Ryan AI6DO
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