I worked VE3NPC this AM with good signals both ways and heard VE2DWE in the
noise occasionally. Tuning is quite fast, and was done by hand here, mainly
because I did not have the proper modes and frequencies loaded in SatPC32.
The audio could be brought up some, and we'll look into that. Plenty of
radar pulses this morning too.
73, Drew KO4MA
At 19:40UTC today I tried the mode LU pass on AO-51 over europe. At first I couldn't hear my SSB
uplink signal on the downlink so I switched to CW. That worked. I noticed that the audio level on
the downlink was very low. My 23cm signal level at the satellite must be good because mode LS is
Heard my CW signal on the downlink from 4 degrees el AOS to 3 degrees el at LOS. Hrd also one
other station trying with CW dits/dots and heavy 23cm radar signals.
Uplink: IC-910 10W and 26el yagi
Downlink: IC-910 2x16el Yagi
73 Rob PE1ITR
Not much to report, but I did swap a brief e-mail with one of the command
ops for AO-27. They are working on getting the satellite back up, and will
post any updates on www.ao27.org.
73, Drew KO4MA
AMSAT-NA VP Ops
Has SEEDs gone dead? I have not heard it in 3 days or so now and normally it is very strong here. I know my antennas are still good because I still here AO-51, SO-50 and other birds fine.
The Keps I use are:
1 32789U 08021G 08123.12010393 .00000728 00000-0 10000-3 0 221
2 32789 97.9951 183.1430 0014145 286.1272 73.8374 14.81365032 582
Ive finally decided to sell my KLM cross polarized
2meter antenna - was originally used for OSCAR 13
and also for a school contact to the shuttle
This was garage kept and only brought out for
operating - aluminum is clean - one of the black
plastic insulators for holding a driven element is
cracked. $90 pick up in Grayslake, IL.
Hi Luc, Ron,
I tried this new & exciting mode this morning.
Since the downlink is on 435.150 I had to change the
70cm antenna from RHCP (fixed) to LCHP. During the
weekend I started that but was not able to finish it.
This morning I connected a coax to one of the dipols
of the Cushcraft 2x8 cross yagi, but most likely
that was done too much in a hurry as I did not hear
anything via that beam. My groundplane antenna did
pick up the downlink, but not noise-free.
With that set-up I could not detect any voice/audio
on the downlink, also not my own signal. I tried both
USB and CW, and used on top of automatic doppler correction
also manual uplink tuning (XIT knob on the TS2000x).
Well, I think I need to continue to get my 70cm RX
in place for both RHCP and LHCP (switchable).
Dom, I8CVS, provided me the diagrams, which are similar
to what I have made for 2 mtrs, so I expect no issues,
apart from running out of time ...
Anyway: after this SSB uplink we have a few days the
FM uplink on 23cm active, another great opportunity !
Looking forward to more reports via this group.
23cm uplink; 10W, 35 elements Tonna
Can't hear users very well on AO-51 LU Mode. U band downlink exhibits good
quieting of squelch with some QSB. For downlink I'm using an M2 436CP30
polarized yagi with SSB SP7000 pre-amp. I might have heard a whisper of somebody
today during a high pass over California. Maybe if I had a polarity switch I
could hear better.
de Ron n6paa
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