Monday, June 30, 2014
Nothing heard from LO-78 on the 20:04-20:13z pass here in FN10.
Invader was on 437.325 with CW beacon. No celestial poem on 437.200 on the 20:21-20:31z pass.
Rick - WB3CSY
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"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds" - Albert Einstein
Even though I only worked the radios for a few hours on Saturday,
the 2014 Field Day was another fun time to be on the radio. I had
two objectives for this weekend - try to make a QSO with NA1SS,
and try a new radio on HF - which I was able to do. I was on some
satellite passes, making a couple of QSOs, which I'll submit to
both ARRL and AMSAT.
Knowing that the ISS would be passing by within minutes of the
start of Field Day, I was set up in my back yard for that. I used my
normal FM satellite setup (IC-2820H, Elk log periodic), with the
power cranked down to 5W to fall in the 1B QRP classification I
normally operate for Field Day, and was ready to go. About 5
minutes into the pass, and after hearing other stations' calls from
NA1SS, I heard my call coming from there. Within seconds, I was
getting e-mails, SMS messages, and tweets from friends who also
heard that. A nice way to start Field Day! I listened to the rest of
the pass, and recorded it. I was on the next ISS pass at 1952 UTC,
hoping to hear anything from the ISS on 70cm (around 437.550
MHz) while recording the 145.800 MHz downlink. Lots of activity
on 2m just like the earlier pass, but nothing up on 70cm. Did
anyone hear anything from the ISS on 70cm during Field Day?
A few hours later, with more shade in the back yard, I broke out the
HF setup. An FT-897D with autotuner and its internal battery packs,
set to 5W transmit power, and a Buddipole portable dipole with its
mast and tripod. Before I started on the satellites in late 2005, I
used to do a lot of portable HF operating, so it took no time to get
the antenna up and the radio ready to go. Although I heard Field
Day activity on most HF bands (10m was surprisingly quiet in the
late afternoon), I ended up working 15m and 6m SSB to get a few
I tried to work FO-29 during a western pass around sunset, but could
not get through with my normal SSB satellite setup - two FT-817NDs,
Elk log periodic. Lots of activity, with some who sounded like they
may have been overpowering the transponder a bit. Around 0400 UTC,
9pm for me in Arizona, there was a western SO-50 pass where I was
able to break through with my IC-2820H at 5W and Elk log periodic.
Lots of twisting the antenna around, trying to keep up with the satellite
and hear myself on the downlink. I made two QSOs there - one that
counted for QSO points and the satellite QSO bonus with VA7VW, and
the other was to respond to W6KA calling me. I did not score the
second QSO. I heard two other stations calling me, but could not get
back to them and complete those QSOs with so many stations trying
to get through. Some were not using PL tones on the SO-50 uplink,
which only made the situation worse.
I also wanted to make an SSB satellite QSO, so I tried AO-73 about
an hour later, at 0500 UTC. A high pass for me, I was able to make a
QSO with W5MSQ before another strong station overpowered the
transponder. I was using my two FT-817NDs and Elk log periodic for
the SSB pass, staying with my normal SSB satellite configuration
instead of getting the FT-897D set up for SSB operation. This was the
last QSO in my Field Day log.
I have already sent off my QSL request for the NA1SS QSO. Since I
recorded the audio from those two passes, I made slideshow videos of
them. The first pass, or the 1815-1822 UTC portion I could hear, is on
I removed the first couple of minutes of my recording, since it only
had my calls to NA1SS, and one unreadable response from NA1SS.
By the way, did anyone else record this ISS pass? Especially if you
are on the west coast? If so, please e-mail me directly.
My slideshow video of the later ISS pass (1953-1957 UTC) is at:
This was a shallow pass here, with maximum elevation of only 8
degrees, so this was a bit shorter than the earlier recording and
I had the audio recorder sitting near the IC-2820H for the first pass,
so it could pick up the speaker audio and my voice. For the later
pass, I had a patch cable running between the speaker jack on the
TH-D72A HT and the mic jack on the recorder, since I was not
planning to work the later pass on 2m. I had my Elk log periodic
antenna routed through a diplexer, so the 2m side was going to the
HT and the 70cm side to the IC-2820H, in the hopes of working
NA1SS on 70cm and recording the audio on 145.800 MHz.
Another summary of my Field Day activity, including some photos,
can be seen at:
I'm hoping to get out of town for next year's Field Day, which is
what I normally do. It is fun to work with a portable setup, but it
would be better if the outside temperature was not as hot as it
was in Phoenix on Saturday afternoon (108F/42C at one point,
in the shade of my back yard!). Until next time...
need help with SAT32pc ver. B and C!
In selecting AO-73 I get and error "select the correct receive frequency".
How do I correct this?
I am not sure how to set up new satellites. I see the salellite list in Doppler sqf. but not sure how to get it set in the cat file?
Could someone clarify the steps needed?
I noticed that AMSAT-UK and the ARRL have both published posts that
state that LO-78 will decay by the end of this week.
That's probably based in part by information I posted on the BB from
satflare.com, which predicts decay on July 2nd
However, the keps they are using appear to be incorrect. They are
showing an altitude of just 226 km. Celestrak keps are showing an
altitude of 317 km. Interestingly, the map view of the satellite's
current position appears to be correct.
SATVIEW's decay predictions seem to be based on the 317 km current
altitude and show a predicted reentry of August 5th.
I think SATVIEW's prediction is more accurate. Anyone else have any input?
Many stations have been receiving the telemetry transmitted by FUNcube-1,
which has now been in orbit for 221 days. The spacecraft, which has been
operating nominally since launch, is providing on-board health and science
data for the many schools and colleges who are already participating in the
project around the world.
Since launch, data has been received by more than 650 stations around the
world and today our online Data Warehouse received its one millionth packet
of information. The Warehouse is now storing more than 256MB of telemetry
which is available for educational and research use.
We have been successful in capturing almost 25% of all the telemetry
transmitted including almost all of the Whole Orbit Data. This success is a
great tribute to our designers of the Flight software, the Dashboard
programme and the matching Data Warehouse.
We are also immensely grateful to all the schools, colleges, radio amateurs
and other listeners who are providing this data and want to encourage
everyone to continue to listen to FUNcube-1 and to upload the data to the
Warehouse. This will help enable the project to continue to provide a
complete and current data set for analysis.
We would, of course, also love to have additional receiving stations in the
FUNcube Ground Station Network. This applies especially to anyone near the
poles or who is located on an island in the middle of ocean. Their
involvement would help us improve our rate of data capture still further.
Our records show that there were three stations who actually managed to
upload the same one millionth packet to the Warehouse today. They are G0EID,
OM3BC and DL3SER. If they could contact “operations at funcube.org.uk” we
will arrange them to send them a small prize to honour their contribution to
I saw a lot of great posts to the BB regarding field day. Now, do not
forget to turn in your summary sheets in time so that your group can be
counted in AMSAT field day. The final date to turn them in is a lot
sooner than the ARRL date. **** ARRL July 29 **** **** AMSAT July
The Satellite Summary Sheet should be used for submission of the AMSAT
Field Day competition and be received by KK5DO (email or postal mail) by
11:59 P.M. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2014.
Attach your stories of field day and some pictures. In the past we have
been able to use almost all the pictures sent.
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
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The Boy Scouts of Raymore Troop 32 at W0HV contacted NA1SS on the 2nd FD pass and I bet the boys could be heard up in orbit even without radio when Reid answered our call!
Jim Reicher, W0HV
Yes , you`re right , LO78 , sorry .
We had another pass , 1:00 UTC , very low for me , only 6 degrees , but
good enough to made a QSO with LW3DRH , Luis.
Thank you , 73
De: Ted [mailto:[email protected]]
Enviada em: domingo, 29 de junho de 2014 21:03
Assunto: RE: [amsat-bb] Lituanicasat-1
Is this sat LO78 now, for sure?
Thank you and Happy Sunday
From: amsat-bb-bounces(a)amsat.org [mailto:[email protected]] On
Behalf Of PY5LF
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2014 4:43 PM
To: AMSAT-BB(a)amsat.org; starcom-bb-bounces(a)star-com.net
Subject: [amsat-bb] Lituanicasat-1
We had a good pass of Lituanicasat-1 a few minutes ago , transponder on ,
nice signal , nobody there , only me calling.
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Congrats to Stefan and Clint on the ISS Field Day contacts!
I heard Reid make a couple of contacts, but was too busy trying to make the CAT control in SatPC32 work with my 24 year old IC-970H. It works now although with some irritating limitations on the CAT side. The rotor control side works fine. Rather than wasting several hours, I should have just plugged it into my MacBookPro and fired up MacDoppler. It took all of 5 minutes to get up and running with full CAT control and then make a Field Day contact on AO-73.
So on to the next “challenge” … My AO-16 era LL Grace DSP-93 isn’t quite current anymore.
Any recommendations on current equipment and/or software to decode 1k2 BPSK telemetry, and 9600 FSK etc. ??
On Jun 28, 2014, at 11:38 PM, amsat-bb-request(a)amsat.org wrote:
> Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:07:58 -0500
> From: Stefan Wagener <wageners(a)gmail.com>
> To: Fabiano Moser <fabianomoser(a)gmail.com>
> Cc: Clint Bradford <clintbrad4d(a)earthlink.net>, amsat-bb
> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Just Spoke to the ISS
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
> Yes, ISS (Reid Wiseman) was active again on the last past (2 min ago). He
> is getting a workout :-) and is doing a fantastic job managing the calls.
> Thanks Reid and NASA, that was a special gift for field day.
> Stefan, VE4NSA
> On Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM, Fabiano Moser <fabianomoser(a)gmail.com>
>> On Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM, Clint Bradford <clintbrad4d(a)earthlink.net
>>> Two Watts ? handheld radio ? tape measure Yagi ? Just spoke to the ISS
>>> 11:16AM PDT!
>>> Clint K6LCS
>>> Clint Bradford, K6LCS
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