After the hamfest in Sierra Vista, Arizona, on Saturday morning, I plan on a quick trip across the Arizona/New Mexico state line for a few hours of working from somewhere in grid DM52 in southwestern New Mexico or (probably) the DM52/DM62 grid boundary near Deming - almost 70 miles/112km east of the state line, along I-10. Since I was out in this area in late March, operating from the DM51/DM52 and DM52/DM53 grid boundaries in southeastern Arizona, this is an opportunity to put New Mexico on the satellites. If all goes well, I hope to make it to Deming so I can operate from (the edge of) the 78th different grid I have worked satellites from.
As is the case in much of Arizona, APRS coverage is pretty good along I-10 in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Using web sites like aprs.fi to see my location:
will hopefully be a good way to see if I am only in DM52, or if I have made it over to the DM52/DM62 boundary. When I'm not driving, I will also post updates to Twitter - even if I have poor data speeds on my mobile phone. My Twitter updates will be on my @WD9EWK feed, which is visible in a web browser at:
I have only operated from New Mexico via satellite twice in the past; in October 2009 from the Arizona/New Mexico state line and about 5 miles/8km east of the state line; in May 2014 from Lordsburg, about 20 miles/32km east of the state line. All of these locations were only in grid DM52. Since I have to return home sometime late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning, I will not be able to go to other DM6x grids in New Mexico on this trip.
All QSOs will be uploaded to Logbook of the World after the road trip. If you would like a QSL card to confirm a contact, please e-mail me with the QSO details. If you are in my log, I will be happy to send you a QSL card. No need to first send me your QSL card and/or SASE.
Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK http://www.wd9ewk.net/ Twitter: @WD9EWK