Thanks for the QSOs during my portable operation today. It was probably the hardest portable operation I have done so far, as I am sure some of you heard the plane that kept buzzing around every time I would transmit... ;-) I can't exactly say what was causing that horrible "buzz" every time I would transmit, but I do know that Horns Hill (where I was operating from) has three towers with cell, amateur, police and fire repeaters on them. I could barely hear my downlink through the buzz, and the trees really complicated it as well. The first AO27 and AO51 passes were okay with a few QSOs made, but we decided to just monitor the last AO27. I heard at least one station call on the 1957z AO27 pass, but I did not feel comfortable transmitting. Everyone just enjoyed listening - especially to that pass. Everyone enjoyed hearing WD9EWK and KF7MYK on the west coast along with CO6CBF in Cuba and VE3JW in Canada.
I was able to log all of the QSO from the first AO27 pass, but I do need the 1942z AO51 recording. I had to sacrifice my recorder jack for an external speaker. If someone could email that to me I would greatly appreciate it!
If EN80 was new for anyone, let me know and I will send one of my regular cards - no return/sase needed.
Thank you to the gracious ops today who put up with the noise!
-----Original Message----- From: Zachary Beougher Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 9:25 AM To: [email protected] Subject: KD8KSN Active Tomorrow (4/30) for Boy Scout Demo
I have been asked to do a few satellite demos for some Boy Scouts tomorrow afternoon on Horn’s Hill, Newark Ohio. The location sits about 400-500’ above the rest of the terrain which is great for low passes, but there are several trees to contend with. It would be great if a few people could call so the scouts could hear a typical exchange, and it would be really great if whoever calls could give their state as well.
Here are the passes I plan to be on:
AO27 30/1817z 50*
AO51 30/1942z 15*
Maybe... AO27 30/1957z 19*
I will be operating with my usual call, or I might be operating using W8CBF. Grid will still be EN80.
We will also be on HF:
JOTA Scout Frequencies
80-meter 3.940 MHz
40-meter 7.190 MHz
20-meter 14.290 MHz
10-meter 28.390 MHz
Sorry I can't provide more details about the event. I believe there were a few organizational issues. The passes and HF ops will be dependent on who all shows up, band conditions and weather. There are supposedly 400-500 scouts that will be coming through.
If you would like a card, send me the QSO details and I will send you one - no return necessary.