Just a quick follow-up on earlier messages about K1N on satellite. I spoke at length yesterday with Gregg, W6IZT and he agreed to refocus the team's satellite efforts on FO-29 in order to maximize their success. In support of that, AMSAT is providing an FT-817 and associated equipment, pass predictions, operational plan, and training. Due to the logistics of the expedition, this is the best solution allowing them to be on satellite, while maximizing the number and ease of QSOs possible.
Additional details are being worked out now, and will be shared via AMSAT ANS, amsat.org, AMSAT-bb email list, @AMSAT on Twitter, and the AMSAT North America Facebook group, when available.
Gregg did mention that the group is still in need of donations to fund the very expensive helicopter service to and from the island. If the chance to work K1N on satellite excites you, then please show your support by going to http://www.navassadx.com/ and clicking on the Donate button.
More to follow soon.
73, Drew KO4MA
Well at least I have my rotor problem fixed... sort of. The temperature went up to –15deg. and now the elevation is working. must have frozen up. lol but still cannot get the darn sat program to talk to the LVB tracker. I think ill try deleting the program on the computer (again) and reinstall all the drivers etc. if that don’t work?............ maybe ill have some how check the serial adaptor I bought between the compputer and the LVB tracker. Hmmm, was all working fine before I went on vacation.
73 de VE6ITV Scott
I will depart for a grid expedition to northern Maine starting around
23:00 UTC, January 9, 2015. I'll try to work passes toward Europe on
FO-29 and AO-7 mode B.
Planned grids will be: FN53-54, FN57, FN65-67. I'll try to operate as
many satellite passes and gridlines as possible in the same fashion as
AC0RA's March 2014 trip. I need to conclude the trip and end up in
FN42 by Sunday, January 11 evening.
Twitter via @w5pfg will be my primary form of communications. I'll
follow-up afterwards with some pictures on my blog at www.w5pfg.us.
If you have interest in specific grids from the above list, please
email me directly.
First of all, thanks to everyone who worked WD9EWK
during last Saturday's Thunderbird Hamfest in Phoenix.
Having other stations calling and mentioning some
details about their location - beyond the grid locator -
helps the crowd better understand the coverage of our
Due to the passes that morning, I was only able to work
an early FO-29 pass and a couple of AO-73 passes later
in the morning. WD9EWK was also on an early ISS pass,
trying to make packet QSOs from the hamfest site, and
two NO-44 passes. Unfortunately, no packet QSOs were
logged, but I did copy KC9ELU in Indiana and N8HM in
Washington DC during the NO-44 passes.
After the 1345-1355 UTC ISS pass, I received an e-mail
from EMike KC8YLD. EMike was in Portland OR, and
happened to have his Yaesu VX-8R monitoring that pass.
EMike saw my call and location appear on the radio's
display. We did not make a QSO through the ISS packet
digipeater, but EMike did send me photos of his radio's
display showing my call sign and location. My first
SWL report for packet transmissions. I owe him a QSL
card to confirm that report. :-)
The hamfest had a great turnout, both for sellers and
those walking around the site - a church parking lot.
The weather helped as well, with no rain and temperatures
at the start of the event around 50F/10C. A couple of
years ago, the temperatures were around 24F/-4C at the
start of the event, and didn't reach 32F/0c until late
that morning. During the morning, I was using my @WD9EWK
Twitter feed to post updates and some photos from the
hamfest. Those photos are still available to view,
even if you do not use Twitter, by scrolling back through
my tweets at http://twitter.com/WD9EWK in a web browser.
The demonstrations, especially the two AO-73 demonstrations
later in the morning, had great crowds watching and
Thanks to the Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club (W7TBC),
and in particular Israel AD7ND and Rick K7TEJ (both
AMSAT members), for once again providing AMSAT space for
a table and operating location at the hamfest!
Few satellites like Bugsat-1 and Unisat-6 transmit FSK packet in AX.25
format. As these satellites transmit '1's and '0's in FSK, thus there must
be a deviation or difference in the freq on which 1 and 0 is transmitted.
Is there any standard value for this frequency deviation? If yes what is
We are starting on the yearly update of the Getting Started on Satellites book, and in the past I have
had questions about including HRD in the information on tracking programs. Many people already have a
copy for HF and logging. My own experience was with older 5.X versions, many of which had significant
issues which made me hesitant to recommend it to new users. However, the current owners are making a
real effort to update the satellite functions.
This is not an effort to determine the "best" tracking program; that is often a matter of personal
preference. I am looking for reports from ACTIVE users of the CURRENT version 6.2.X of HRDSatTrack.
What I would like to know is:
Do you use it regularly?
Do you find it easy to use and update for new satellites?
Does it do a good job on Doppler correction for both FM and transponder satellites?
Does it have any features which are broken for your particular rig and/or antenna control?
Any quirks or glitches?
Would you recommend it to a new satellite operator?
Have you switched between HRDSatTrack and another program, and if so why?
Any other comments?
Also, if you use the HRDLogbook for satellites:
Does it support LoTW and eQSL properly for satellites?
Does it integrate with satellite operations from SatTrack?
Any other comments?
Thanks in advance for your input. Off list replies preferred.
Damon, WA4HFN asked for help:
I have been unable to receive any email from the amsat bb. I found this
Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:
amsat-bb at amsat.com <http://amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb>
Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain amsat.com by mx2.daemonmail.net. [126.96.36.199].
The error that the other server returned was:
554 5.7.1 <amsat-bb at amsat.com <http://amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb>>: Relay access denied
Why has amsat blocked me? I have done nothing to cause this . This is the second time this has happened, is it a glich or is someone doing it
WA4HFN Damon em55
It would appear that the problem may be that you are trying to post
amsat-bb(a)amsat.com. The remailer addresses are all @amsat.*ORG*.
You might also find it useful to do what I do -- I get my amsat-bb
once per day from the archives at
http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/. When you go to
http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/ you can select to see the mail
Messages sorted by: [ thread ] [ subject ] [ author ] [date] -- I
usually choose the date option because it is more convenient for me.
73 de Tom, K3IO
I know my email is being sent through ,because Im using wa4hfn(a)comcast.net to send to amsat-bb(a)amsat.org the problem I am having is
I am not receiving any emails back to the Gmail account that I have set up for the BB to reply back to me . This is the second time this has happened in 4 months.
I have had it,to much wastes time with the bb