I actually thought it was one of the easiest ones to hit.
Are you transmitting on 145.850 ?
On Mon, 17 Aug 2009 16:56:26 -0600 Jerry Felts <nr5ajerry(a)gmail.com>
> Am I doing something wrong or is AO-27 just very hard to hit with a
> FT-60R handheld, and ELK ant? I have no problems hearing it but
> working it is another thing!!
> Jerry - NR5A - South Dakota
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I have used my Arrow right out of the box (bag), with a store-bought
duplexer and it works great! No mods necessary. Thousands of QSO's
on my trips around the country on AO-27, UO-14, SO-50, etc.
I note that many of the messages I see on this subject are from people
never heard on any satellite. Strange.
SAT VUCC #10, 800+ grids confirmed
SAT WAS #200
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From: "RONALD CADE" <w6zq_
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 16:28:43 -0700
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Arrow Antennas
If you want to see some improvement from the Arrow antenna, leave it's
physical dimensions alone and remove the diplexer in the handle, throw it
away and replace it with one of my designs. I won't get into any of the
design details however having a device with adjustable capacitors and
wire wound inductors makes a world of difference.
I have been using this antenna since it arrived on the market with great
success. Most of my activity has been in California, Arizona and the
Hawaiian Islands. I would not take any other antenna with me on my trips
away from home.
As Clint mentioned, there is a significant difference in the signal
strength from the sats as I have to rotate my antenna at least 45 degrees
during a pass.
SAT VUCC #99, 500+ grids confirmed
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I want to thank all the operators who made time to call W2GSB/Lighthouse, on
Fire Island, NY, FN-30.
In the two days of operating on the FM Satellites only we made a total 42
contacts, comprising 15 states and two Countries. The real Summer weather
helped, we had large crowds listening and watching, as we did our acrobatics
with our Antenna, up down, left right, to make the contacts. In fact, more
than one spectator thought we were just doing it for show, they were calling
our maneuvers with the Arrow the Darth Vader magic ray. I always called on
one of the spectators to work the antenna, to show how easy it was to find
the Satellite, we handed out many Amsat journals and I hope Martha is kept
busy, signing a few new members.
If you worked us, make sure you send in your card, the QSL in return will be
worth it, thank you again for being so enthusiastic and exhibiting good
operating skills for Lighthouse weekend...
NY AMSAT Area Coordinator
Thanks for reading, what is the best working freq. for SO-50.
I tryed 145.850 - 436.795, 145.855 - 436.800 but it is not working for
me. I use HRD Satellite tracking together with a Yaesu FT-847 and this is
the only bird that experience as difficult to work.
And Yes, I am transmitting the CTCSS tone 67hz and use the 74.4 to arm
Anybody that can help me?
I would like to add my voice to the choir of folks and thank Patrick
(WD9EWK) for the five new grids in Utah.
It was a real pleasure to find the QSLs in my mailbox and I greatly
appreciate the effort and time Patrick and the many others have spent
enhancing the amateur satellite hobby for me.
Thanks again guys!
Dave - K4DLG
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