[amsat-bb] GN05 and GN06 this weekend

Bryan Green bryan at kl7cn.net
Tue May 17 01:05:05 UTC 2016

Oh, and GoSatWatch on iPhone is great predictor!

Sent from my mobile emitter

> On May 16, 2016, at 16:44, Ken Alexander <k.alexander at rogers.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I will be in Louisbourg, NS this weekend for a mediumwave DXpedition, which leaves my days free.  I had a look at the maps and realized I would be in GN05 and a few minutes drive from GN06 as well as FN95 and FN96.  I'm assuming GN05 and GN06 might be somewhat rare, since GN05 is about 97% ocean and GN06 is about 96% ocean. Making some satellite QSOs from there seems like a good thing to do!
> I am new to satellite operation. In fact, I have yet to make a QSO via satellite.  However, I'm using this opportunity get force myself to get off my lazy butt and finally get on the air.  Today I went out and bought a Kenwood TH-D72A handheld and the Arrow handheld 146/437 OSCAR antenna.  I'll be struggling for the rest of the week, leaning how to use the radio.  With luck, I might even make a QSO or two during lunch breaks.
> This will be FM only operation.  We arrive in Louisbourg this coming Friday afternoon (May 20) and leave for home on Monday afternoon, May 23.   The plan is to look for satellite contacts late Friday afternoon or early evening (Atlantic Time) and then during the days on Saturday and Sunday.  I have yet to see what satellites will be available, so I can't say where I'll be.  I have Gpredict and am familiar with it, but I don't know how far it can look ahead, i.e, I don't know if it will tell me what's coming up this weekend.  Any help in that regard would be greatly appreciated.
> Any other tips for a beginner would also be most welcome.  I'd like to make this a success!
> 73,
> Ken Alexander
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