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New SO-50 Distance Record Set in Youth DX Adventure Contact


When Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, in Phoenix, Arizona, worked Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH — on Saba and operating as PJ6Y — the contact broke the distance record on the SO-50 (SaudiSat) satellite. The August 7 Arizona-to-Saba contact came in at 5168.753 kilometers (approximately 3205 miles)!

Faith Hannah is among the young radio amateurs taking part in the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA), at the station of Jeff Jolie, PJ6/NM1Y. This year’s youth team included Morgan Croucher, KD8ZLK; Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, and Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH.

Escorting them has been Joe Binkley, KD8YPY; Sharon Willet, KM4TVU, and James Lea, WX4TV, who is Faith Hannah’s father. The budding DXers/DXpeditioners will be on the air from Saba until August 9.



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