At 10:00 AM 8/28/2012, Bob DeVarney W1ICW wrote:
I am afraid you're right, Tom, and it pains me to admit it. I am not sure why activity has dropped off.. but I can say in my own case I lost interest in satellite operating after AO-40 died and have gone on to other things ( EME ) to use the existing equipment I had.
In my case, around the time AO-40 died, IRLP came to VK, and I became heavily involved in that field for over 10 years. Nowadays, various constraints limit me to mobile, portable and data modes. I would like some antennas for the sats, but they'd have to be omnis. I've got gear that will work the SSB birds, but lack suitable antennas (can only just hear myself come back on VO-52), and suitable times to use it on phone.
73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL http://vkradio.com