July 19, 2019 ... Central U.S. Time

Alaska via satellite

Posted or updated 10.01.08 by Glenn Miller

Like Hawaii, Alaska is tough to work from West Texas.  On every satellite pass where the footprint covers me and Alaska, I’ve listened for them, but there aren’t too many up there operating through the satellites.

This operator, Joe/AL1F, has been logging “heards” on the Live OSCAR Satellite Status Page for a long time, so I knew he was at least listening.  I caught him as the satellite AO-7 was down to about 10 degrees elevation here.  His grid square (AP90) puts him close to the western coast of Alaska, so it was at low elevation and rising for him.  There’s one other station in Alaska that I’ve heard a few times, but haven’t been able to work yet.  Fortunately, I have Alaska confirmed, but it’s nice to reach out to the tough ones and make it.

I was talking with Mike/KE7ULS in Eden, Utah on AO-7 last night telling him I was looking for AL1F and he commented that he’s worked him several times.  Alaska is certainly easier when you’re “up north” in Utah.  But it’s as much of a stretch for him to work the South American stations as for me to work AK or HI.  I do kind of envy the guys on the East Coast who can work stations in Europe.  But they’ll not be hearing Hawaii cheese

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Glenn Miller served in Rimbach from June 1972 until June 1975. He retired from the Air Force in 1994 following a series of enviable tours, both overseas and stateside. He now works as a civilian at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, and blogs here about amateur radio and other topics.

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