Upcoming Satellite Operations

Manitoba / Saskatchewan (various) – Gabriel Zeifman, VE6NJH/NJ7H, reports on his planned “invasion” of Manitoba and Saskatchewan April 7th-9th on the AMSAT-BB:

Good day to my fellow chasers of space birds,

This Friday I will commence a great invasion of central Canada in an effort to put rare grids on the satellites. This most glorious of trips will take me as far as Flin Flon, MB in some rare (dare I say, never before activated) DO grids (DO84/94 looks like about as far as it’s gonna get this trip, potentially DO85). After reaching Flin Flon I will be descending back to reality via Saskatchewan. No exact plans as far as grids, all I can say is that many rare ones will be along the path regardless of the actual path. After re-entering the homeland, I hope to activate some rare DN land stuff in the US. Again, no exact plan.

This will be the first use of my new call VE6NJH. Will probably using CG6NJH a lot of the time. QSL on LoTW, if you need a paper card I’ll be getting some printed relatively soon.

Tracking as always on APRS NJ7H-9 and iridium share.garmin.com/gz.

73 and keep the power down,


South Carolina (Various) Clayton, W5PFG ,will operate satellites from gridsquare FM02 in Charleston, SC April 24-28. Occasionally he will travel to adjacent grids EM92, EM93, and FM03. Operating holiday style, Clayton will be QRV all operational voice satellites.

California (DM02) – From Mike Diehl, AI6GS, via the AMSAT-BB:

Grid chasers,

It is a pleasure to announce a real activation of the much sought after Delta Mike Zero Two. There seems to have been only two passes worked from here in the last 11 years, that is about to change.

Activations of rare grids should be done with enough preparation to avoid missed passes. That said, I’ve invited two other ops to help assure our success and maximize linear transponder passes. Our special guests will be none other than Wyatt AC0RA and Gabe NJ7H. I am more than confident in their rover skill levels and ability to maintain a functional station. They have also proven to be capable of working through unforeseen equipment troubles.

Typical precautions apply. If you have linear capabilities please work us on the transponders. Our FM only friends deserve a chance at scoring a rare grid and tying up the bird helps nobody. On linear please be cognizant of your power level. I know at least two of us will be using our regular portable stations that are 5 watts max, QRO stations on the transponder will make us difficult to hear.

Also, please be aware of the footprint for other ops. Nothing good comes from a left coast station getting in the middle of us trying to work the right coast.

All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW as promptly as possible and paper will be sent to shore via torpedo.

Last but not least, when is it going to happen? Due to various environmental aspects, firm departure and arrival times are not set in stone. However, we can say that it will be the weekend of April 28th. When you hear K6G you will know that 02 will be on. We will have plenty of time to work many passes and none of us are afraid to work any pass no matter how shallow it may be. I may continue normal ops leading up to departure to ensure my station performs as expected.

73 and good luck,

Mike Diehl

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Updated April 6, 2017