Monday, June 22, 2015

What did you do this weekend?

Well I made APRS contact with the space station so.... That's cool right!
I also tried for a few other satellite passes on SO-50 and FO-29 but they were all bust. In fact, the last FO-29 pass, my lithium battery I use for my 817 took a huge dump on me and completely died.  I wasn't sure it would even recover during charging but eventually it took the power and charged back up, but I'm sure its on its last legs.  That makes 3 LiPo batteries I've killed off now.  I should probably be more careful.

6 Meters was also open a bit on Sunday and I made quite a few QSOs on CW, SSB, and JT65.  It really is something when 6 is open.  No noise at all, and even with a wonky antenna (like a 20m hamstick) the contacts come pretty easily.  I might have to look at putting up something more suitable for the band if it keeps opening up like this!

Fun weekend anyway, hope yours was good too!