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N5AFV Planning Special Event Station Double Header

N5AFV Planning Special Event Station Double Header

The week end of May 31st  June 1st, 2008, Allen, N5AFV, will operate 
two special event stations on the FM satellites from the Texas Hill 

On Saturday, May 31st Allen plans to climb to the top of Enchanted 
Rock, the second highest point in the state of Texas, and operate two 
satellite passes using his W32A HT and AL800 telescoping antenna.  The 
passes will be an AO-27 pass at 2121 UTC, and an SO-50 pass at 2135 
UTC.  Enchanted Rock is a unique pink granite dome that rises 425 feet 
above the surrounding countryside.  Tonkawa Indians named the granite 
dome Enchanted Rock because they believed that ghost fires flickered 
at the top and that a Spanish conquistador had cast a spell on the 
dome.  A steep hiking trail 0.6 miles long provides access to the top 
of the dome.  Enchanted Rock is located in Maidenhead grid square EM00 
and Allen will use his call sign, N5AFV, for the operation.

The following day, June 1st, Ten-Ten International will hold its 20th 
annual (and final) Hill Country Picnic in Bulverde, Texas (Maidenhead 
grid square EL09).  To commemorate the 20th and last Ten Ten 
International Hill County Picnic, Allen has been authorized to use the 
Ten Ten International club call sign, W6OI, on the OSCAR satellites on 
June 1st.  Tentative plans include conducting a satellite demo for 
those attending the picnic, probably on the 2024 UTC pass of SO-50 or 
the 2052 UTC pass of AO-27.  Other satellite passes will also be 
worked June 1st UTC time using the W6OI call sign.

QSL information for both operations is to N5AFV with an SASE.
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