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HF-nätet 2019-09-01

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Emergency Traffic Relayed over AO-92 Satellite

On August 27, 2019, Clayton, W5PFG, and his father Jack, AC5DI, were
traversing the Chihuahuan Desert in Big Bend National Park, Texas,
USA, when their vehicle became stuck in mud from recent monsoon rains.

Being stuck up to the axles, they were unable to self-recover from
the situation, requiring assistance from Park Rangers. August temper-
atures in this desert reach upwards of 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit.
There is no mobile phone coverage outside park headquarters.

Clayton made contact via AMSAT satellite AO-92 with Kevin, KK4YEL,
in Florida. During the satellite pass, stations stood by while Clayton
relayed emergency traffic to Kevin. This information included details
about the situation including precise latitude and longitude, the
phone number for Big Bend National Park, vehicle description, and wel-
fare of the party.

Other stations listening to the pass including Brian, KG5GJT, contacted
the park headquarters. Within two hours, Park Rangers arrived on scene
and recovered the stuck vehicle. No person was injured, and no equipment
was damaged.

Clayton and Jack were traveling to DL88jx, a maidenhead grid square high-
ly sought after by many ARRL VUCC members. Clayton had previously made
two successful trips to DL88jx. Both Clayton and Jack are very grateful
to Kevin, KK4YEL, the responsiveness of the amateur radio community,
and to the Park Rangers and staff of Big Bend National Park.

Incident discussion via Twitter quickly provided recordings of the
AO-92 satellite traffic:

Recording courtesy of KQ4MM

Recording courtesy of CO6CBF/W5CBF

Hoppas att åskan släpper snart.

73 Håkan SM7WSJ


Webmaster and member of the AMSAT-SM steering group.

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