Upcoming Satellite Operations

Cayman Islands (FK09) – June 24 – July 7, 2018

 Cayman opportunity … K3TRM re-tweeted by Daily DX:
I will be operating as ZF2RM from Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands (Grid Square
FK09) between June 24 – July 7, 2018. Activity will be on 40-10M using SSB,
CW, Digital (RTTY & FT8) and satellite.
(thanks to Daily DX)

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 June 25, 2018