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Maderia Island on the AO-51 6/17 2121Z Pass



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Interesting enough that I will bring this to -bb, partially to let
others know, and partially to try to satisfy my own curiosity...

On the 2121Z east coast pass (topping out at a whopping 5 degree
elevation from my QTH) I was able to weakly copy a Maderia Island,
Portugal station calling CQ North America. We were never able to trade
grid squares, nor was I able to get 100% copy his call sign (I can only
make out CT3?G on my recording), but we did hear each other.

So, I want to let everyone on the east coast know that there are reasons
to operate very low passes of AO-51, and I'm curious if anyone might
know who the station might be that I heard? I'd love to try to try to
set up another chance and give it another go.

Also, just to show how well meager setups work: I was using FT-7800 into
a mag mount for the uplink and a FT-60 with a K5OE handi-tenna for the
downlink. All from my car sitting in my condo parking lot. :)

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Ben Jackson - N1WBV - New Bedford, MA
bbj <at> innismir.net - http://www.innismir.net/
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