1972 GREAT DAYLIGHT FIREBALL 19720810US
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In my 1965 Chevy Malibu SS, while exiting Jackson, Wy across the pass into ID at 14:29 MDT on the afternoon of August 10, 1972, I was operating /M7, our intended destination Council, ID. Our chariot sported a Yaesu FT-301D transceiver and a Hustler HF mobile antenna setup, with a 20M resonator, mounted on the passenger side of the rear bumper.
Just as we crested the ridge, an absolutely breath taking giant daylight 'earth-grazer' fireball, subsequently named The 1972 Great Daylight Fireball, exited the clouds to the SW traveling in a northerly trajectory, and less than thirty seconds later exited the atmosphere over Canada to the north.
The fireball, which had trailing, glowing green/blue and yellow debris, was ~30 degrees above the western horizon.
An extremely rare event, and perhaps the only one ever observed during daylight.
It was seen by many over UT, ID, MT & WY, including two of my wife's nephews working the hay fields south of Council, ID.
We continued on our way across ID heading west and northwest. The road crossed into OR for a short distance, and then reentered ID. I had been operating 20MSSB working the County Hunters Net. I made a U-turn, drove back up highway, ~100' executed another U-turn, and pulled off the roadway, straddling the OR/ID County lines, keyed the mic, and said, 'QRZ County Hunters from an OR/ID County line'.
A G3, who had been waiting, pounced, and announced 'LAST COUNTY-LAST COUNTY'. I proceeded to give him his final County for his Worked All US Counties, and later on I received a certificate for the deed. The next day, August 11th, was my 31st birthday.
I am in the process of writing an account of these events for publication, and would appreciate hearing from others who witnessed the fireball, especially other ham radio operators.
k7ff at att dot net