A Tale of Two Antennas: What you can do in ideal locations with a handheld yagi

March 2016, my family took a short holiday to the Quachita Mountain National Forest on the Arkansas/Oklahoma state lines.  The grid square is EM24.  We were camping in our travel trailer at Queen Wilhelmina State Park.

During the week, Dave KG5CCI came to visit.  He lives in Little Rock in neighboring grid EM34. Dave has some family in the area so it was convenient for him to come play in the mountains with me for one afternoon.

While we didn’t have the opportunity to work many satellite passes together, we did have a lot of fun on one AO-7 and one FO-29 pass.  Dave made a good contact with the UK on a ~2 degree window from one of the many overlooks along the Talimena Scenic Road (Ark. 88.)

We stopped along another overlook as we made our way to camp and worked one FO-29 pass together.  He setup his station a few meters away.

During station setup, we had a little fun demonstrating polarity (mis)alignment:


We worked a nice FO-29 covering most of North America.  At the end of the pass, Dave and I played a little bit with “how low could we go.”  With me using the short Arrow and Dave using the full Alaskan Arrow, we were able to work each other below -1 degrees elevation.  You can hear us talking about it to each other VIA FO-29 on this little clip:
Stations:
KG5CCI – Icom IC-821h and Alaskan Arrow (10 ele 70cm, 4 ele 2m)
W5PFG – Icom IC-821h and Short Arrow (4 ele 70cm, 2 ele 2m)
Folks, Dave KG5CCI has a great place to play radio.  You can see how this location is excellent for stretching the footprint and making extreme DX contacts in his backyard.
Location, location, location.  

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