312 is when it happened…my first satel­lite QSO. Thanks KX9X, you broke me Sean…

…but in a good way. So here’s what went down.

Sean KX9X, Ward N0AX, Kirk K4RO, and Scott W4PA and us were all hang­ing out over at the Spu­ri­ous Emis­sions band secret hide-out. I noticed that Sean had his Arrow anten­na with him as he is prone to do when he trav­els. My inter­est was piqued, since I have want­ed to get involved with the LEO satel­lites since AO7 got put into orbit in 1975 (?).

At one point dur­ing the ear­ly evening, he announced that he was going to work some satel­lites – SO-50 – and that any­one who want­ed to observe need­ed to fol­low him out to the yard. Like a pup­py, I was there at his side. First there was noth­ing, then there was some­thing. Then the sig­nals built to full-qui­et­ing. I was stunned. Sean made a few con­tacts then shoved the mic into my face. So I did. First got NS3L in PA for my first con­tact, then fol­lowed quick­ly with KM4LAO, NP4JV and K8YSE. I was hooked.

What fun!

I had no idea what I was doing, but I sure was­n’t that hard. Lat­er Sean gave me the low­down on what I need­ed to do in order to get my own thing going.

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