I woke up this morning and grabbed my phone as usual to read my emails I got over night and all that jazz and decided to check the satellite passes for the day. I checked FO-29: nothing today wort trying, AO-7: probably not worth trying either, mode J is far easier, SO-50: OH DANG! there's a pass in progress! She was about 1/4 of the way through the pass so I jumped out of bed, threw on some pants and grabbed the Elk, TH-D72 and dumped my connector adapters out, found the SMA-UHF connector and wham, bam, thank you ma'am I was ready to go.
I got out to the balcony, found the sat and worked a guy in TN in no time flat! Oh if I had only known working SO-50 could be that easy! It sure helps when you have an antenna that is put together right. Its hard to believe I managed any contacts at all now that I know what I do!