Sunday, February 16, 2014

A spring day stolen from winter - a chance for some satellite QSOs

After the appalling weather of the last few weeks - the storm on Friday/Saturday was probably the worst windstorm I can remember here - today dawned sunny and still. And mild!

I decided to take advantage and see if I could make some garden portable satellite QSOs. The first useful pass was from FO-29. I decided to try it half duplex rather than dragging everything out for the full duplex kit. Perhaps I should have done! I called CQ but no QSOs. I did hear EA6VQ and a DL5 on CW (whose call I've forgotten!) quite nicely. Had I had the full duplex kit going, I could have hopefully tuned around and make the contacts. Never mind!

Next pass was SO-50. I'm not usually so optimistic about SO-50 passes at weekends as they can be quite busy and chaotic, but I thought I would listen anyway. CT2GOY was the first station heard, working a Frenchman. The QSO finished and I dropped my call in and worked him for the first time. Next station heard was EA6VQ - obviously having a satellite morning too! He had a couple of QSOs before I was able to work him, which I was delighted about - my first Balearic Islands QSO on satellite.

I missed the the next FO-29 pass somehow - doing a little work in the garden - and what a pleasure it was to be outside again! My last SO-50 pass of the morning and my window for activity was quite a low one up to the North - maxing at around 15 degrees. Those can sometimes be a bit of a challenge with my 5W and handheld gear but anyway, I heard a couple of SP stations that I missed and then worked OH2FQV - always a nice QSO.

We have to pop out this afternoon, so no more opportunity to be outside with the gear - but feels nice to have been out there!

2 comments:

Luis California said...

Hello Tim
Thank's for your contact os SO 50
this mornig,

you can visit on:

www.logersat.com
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ct2goy-station

SKYPE NAME : CT2GOY
CT2GOY MOVEL

Tim said...

Hi Luis,

Great to see you on the satellite this morning! I've heard you before but not had the chance to say hello.

Thanks for the links - I will enjoy looking at them.

See you again on the air!

Vy 73, Tim

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