San Bernardino Microwave Society - Press Release 10-29-2007
North America 10GHz Band Distance Record Broken
New North America 10GHz Distance Record Set
CORONA, Calif. - October 29, 2007 - During the ARRL 10GHz and Up
contest during the weekend of August 18 and 19, 2007, Frank Kelly, WB6CWN
operating as 4C2WH in Puerto San Carlos, Mexico (DL34wt) worked AD6FP
in Central California, in Grid Square CM96wa, a distance of 1,460km
(907.2mi). This appears to be a new North America distance record for
two-way 10GHz Amateur Radio communication.
In fact, the North
America X-Band record was broken five times during the contest weekend:
First by Steve Miller, W6QIW in DM04am at 1,315km, or 817 miles
on August 18, at approx. 09:36 local time.
A few minutes later,
Chip Angle, N6CA and Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ worked Frank from CM94xm (1,320km/820
mi.), then CM95qi (1,426km/886 mi.) and again from DM05ax (1,448km/899
Finally, on August 19, 2007 at 08:45, Gary Lauterbach,
AD6FP, completed a contact with Kelly from CM96wa, a record-breaking
distance of 1460km (907.2mi.).
4C2WH (WB6CWN) was able to copy
the N6CA 10GHz beacon, located on Frazier mountain (DM04ms) from DL34wt
at 1,286km - a new DX record for 10GHz beacon DX
53 10GHz contacts from DL34wt on the first weekend. The average contact
distance for all 53 contacts was 1,178km and the accumulated score on
just two log pages is over 65,000 points.
Frank Kelly, WB6CWN/4C2WH
said, Thanks to everyone who supported this effort by roving through
the Grid Squares. This trip would not have been possible without the
help and friendship of our ham-friends in Mexico, especially Bernardo
Gonzalez, XE2HWB, president of the Baja Sur Radio Club, Antonio Garza,
XE2HWH, and Dr. Carlos Levy, XE1YK, president of the Federacion Mexicana
de Radio Experimentadores (FMRE), Mexico's equivalent of the ARRL in
San Carlos sits at the tip of a western bulge in the
Baja Peninsula and has been visited by hams before, including Jack Henry,
N6XQ and Chip Angle, N6CA who reported the reception of both two meter
amateur and commercial FM stations during their visits there back in
the mid 90s.
About the San Bernardino Microwave Society Founded
in 1955, the San Bernardino Microwave Society is a non-profit technical
organization dedicated to the advancement of communications above 1000MHz
with a membership of over 90 amateurs from Hawaii and Alaska to the
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