Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to talk Gabriel Zeifman, NJ7H, about Amateur Satellite, the ISS and More…
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Tech Corner – Amateur Satellite, ISS and More…
I first heard about Gabriel in the ARRL Letter on July 27, 2017. There was an story in there that was titled, “Oklahoma Radio Amateur is First to Score Satellite VUCC from Greenland” A couple things caught my eye on this title, the first thing was that he was the FIRST person to do it, the second was that he got the VUCC award using satellite.
So I read the article.
The first five words of this story really peaked my interest of the story. It read, “It took just 4 days…” Having done a previous episode on awards, I knew what the VUCC award was, but it didn’t hit me just how big of a feat this was until I went back and read what the VUCC entailed. Because he was using satellite, he had to make 100 contacts in different grid squares from the same location within 200km.
After reading the article, I knew that I needed to get in contact with him and find out more, that is exactly what I did! Make sure you listen to the episode to find out more about Gabriel and his adventure in getting his VUCC award.
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