Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving Day Portable Outing at Port St Joe, Florida

It happened that my wife had to work the first part of the day in Port St Joe. Suzy and I took advantage of the time to do some pedestrian mobile and satellite operating. Port St Joe has many good operating spots. I chose Frank Pate Park which has a boat landing and pavilion on the bay front. I had good luck all day and enjoyed the nice weather. The operations included

  • working three stations on a SO 50 satellite pass
  • working Jim K4LIX on 40 meters SSB back in Panama City (about 40 miles)
  • working Ken N4KS in New Smyrna Beach, Florida (268 miles) using the KX2 and a whip on 40 meters CW.
  • working Tom WD0HBR in Dothan (100 miles) with the KX2 and a NVIS dipole on 40 CW.
  • working Phil N4STC in Panama City and Ron KK4DWE in Lynn Haven on  40 SSB.
  • listening to the FO 29 linear transponder satellite using the FT 817 for the first time
  • visiting with Norm K4NEB who lives in PSJ.
I don't think it could get much better. We later had Thanksgiving dinner back in Panama City. I am blessed in my family and my hobby. It was a much better day than I expected. I got most of the operating on the GoPro.