Good Evening All,
I wanted to take a moment and thank the Amsat community for the fun I
had during my recent road trip thru the Midwest. While I've done some
local roving, and one SO50 only trip to commonly heard grids in Ohio,
this was my first big attempt at scheduling passes with people,
operating from actual rare grids, and utilizing the linear sats while
portable. This trip was further complicated by some really cold weather
during my remote stages of travel. I made 4 AO73 QSOs, 31 FO29 QSOs and
100 SO50 QSOs for a grand total of 135 contacts on 14 passes. I operated
from 10 grids and 3 states. The highest temperature I saw during my trip
was 52°F on 12/25/14 in Southern Iowa, and the coldest temperature I saw
was -3°F on 12/30/14 in Western Iowa. The most worked called during my
trip was John, K8YSE, with 8 QSOs. I also wanted to thank John-K8YSE,
Frank-K4FEG, and Kevin-N4UFO for following me and always having
encouraging words on all the passes we worked, and a special thanks to
Wyatt-AC0RA and Clayton-W5PFG for giving me tips and pointers leading up
to, and during my trip that definitely contributed to my success.
All logs have been uploaded to LOTW, and I had a few cards already
waiting for me when I returned home. If you need a card for a grid I
operated from during my trip, either send me a card of your own, or, if
we've worked before, just send me an email and I'll get one out to you.
Finally, as a bonus round to the Midwest Holiday trip, I'll be in Yazoo
City, MS next week Tuesday-Saturday and will likely be activating
several grids on the way, and around the area. My main point of
operation will be EM42, but I'll be traveling via EM44, EM54, EM53, and
while I'm there I will try and get out and make several mid-day
excursions the grids around the area, including EM43, EM52 & EM41 as
well. As I did during this last trip, I will try my best to keep my
Twitter account (@KG5CCI - https://www.twitter.com/KG5CCI) up to date as
I go, and attempt to announce passes and where I'll be as early as I can.
Thanks everyone, and 73.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Weather permitting, I will depart for a grid expedtion to northern
Maine starting Saturday, January 10, 2015. Planned grids will be:
FN53-54, FN57, FN65-67. I'll try to operate as many satellite passes
and gridlines as possible in the same fashion as AC0RA's March 2014
trip. I need to conclude the trip and end up in FN42 by Sunday,
January 11 evening.
Twitter via @w5pfg will be my primary form of communications and I'll
follow-up afterwards with some pictures on my blog at www.w5pfg.us.
If you have interest in specific grids from the above list, please
email me directly.