Upcoming Satellite Operations

Louisiana (EL58) – May 25 – 27, 2018

(Venice, LA, USA) Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA, and Clayton Coleman, W5PFG will travel to the mouth of the Mississippi River in far Southeast Louisiana to activate maidenhead gridsquare EL58hx on Memorial Day weekend, 2018. The primary activities will be on the 6m band and OSCAR satellites. This will be Wyatt’s first activation of EL58 in Louisiana and Clayton’s second. Both operators have conducted multiple, successful portable activations over the years, with Wyatt activating over 200 grid squares and Clayton over 150. Dates, the operating location in the grid, and transportation arrangements are confirmed.

The activation is scheduled to begin after 23:00 UTC on May 25 and will conclude by 20:00 UTC on May 27. All 6m operations will use the callsign AC0RA. All satellite operations will use the callsign W5PFG.  HF operation will occur during slower periods on 6m and when there are no satellites in view. Those wishing to confirm HF contacts must do so via ARRL’s Logbook of the World (LoTW.) 6m and Satellite confirmations will be available following the expedition on LoTW in addition to paper QSL’s accompanied with a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE.)

Further information will be released prior to the expedition. For general inquiries contact Clayton, W5PFG, at w5pfg@arrl.net. For 6m operational questions contact Wyatt, AC0RA, at dirkswyatt10@gmail.com.

Dry Tortugas National Park, FL (EL84) – July 6-8, 2018

This coming July (6-8) myself (NJ4Y), Robert KE4AL, and Rich, N4ESS will be
staging a multi day trip (using the callsign K4R) to the last
remaining Florida grid we’ve never activated: EL84. This trip has been
about 2 years in the making, and we hope to make it a good one.
Primary focus for myself will be 6m, with an emphasis on the digital
modes as band openings during peak Es season allow,and on Satellites. We will also be operating some HF as time and battery power allows, for the International Grid Chase.

We are scheduled to arrive on the island around 11am (1500z) on July 6th, and stay through 3pm (1900z) on the 8th.
This will give us 2 full days (and nights) to operate as much as possible.

We will have two complete satellite stations, with capabilities on all current amateur satellites. Emphasis will be especially on the larger footprints of AO-7 and FO-29, but we will work as many passes as possible during our time on the island. Both NJ4Y and KE4AL have successfully activated over 40 grids on satellites, so we expect to be able to cover this rare grid for anyone who needs it in their log. This includes Europe and South America – if you are in the outer reaches of the footprint between EL84np and your location, let us know ahead of the trip so we can plan some possible low elevation pass skeds!

We will be communicating largely via twitter.com/K4R_EL84 while on the island, using a Garmin InReach messenger to post information about frequencies, modes, and pass schedules. This is an open, public twitter page, so you can view it even if you don’t have a twitter account. If you do have an account, be sure and follow us before the trip so you can stay up to date! We are also working out details on a pilot station who can relay sked requests and information to us via the satellite messenger – stay tuned for more details on that as the trip approaches.


– Matthew nj4y

Michigan (EN74, EN75, EN76, EN85, EN86) – July 10 – 14, 2018

I am going to operate special callsign N8R July 10-14, 2018, activating grid squares EN74, EN75, EN76, EN85, and EN86 in northern Michigan.  I will operate FM SATs as well as linears, and FO29/AO7 with emphasis on Europe.   Also planning 2 m, 70 cm, and 6 m, with a little HF from Drummond Island, USI#MI017L, and some maritime mobile activity as well.   I encourage anyone who needs these grid squares to contact me via email and I will be sure to listen for their callsigns on the passes or bands.  Hope to hear everyone and give out some new grids!
Chris AA8CH

Poland (JO94) – July 12 – 16, 2018

Paul, N8HM, will be active from JO94 in Pomlewo, Poland as SP/N8HM Jul 12 – Jul 16. Holiday style operation only. Check @PRStoetzer on Twitter for pass plans.

Please submit any additions or corrections to n8hm@amsat.org
Updated May 23, 2018