I am having a problem hearing the downlink of any SSB satellites on 440.
I've been off the Sats for a couple of years, two or so. I just rebuilt my station PC and reinstalled all the apps, specifically, SatPC32, and ARSWIN and my controller to my G-5500 and 12 element 2-meter and 17 element 440 beams. I use two SSB pre-amps, one each for 144 and 440, both appear to work perfectly. When I click the Pre-amp button on the ICOM-910, I hear the background noise level increase, telling me the pre-amp is operating. The 440 receiver appears to otherwise work ok.
I was able to work VO-52 where 440 was the uplink and was able to get on the air for one pass of an FM bird, AO-51, where the downlink was 440. I am no longer able to hear the usual passband noise of the Sat when as it comes overhead
It is 21:10 UTC and I just finished trying to work FO-29 from CN87 (20:59 to 21:17), and again no luck. I sent my call out on 145.950, but nothing back. Checked the ARRL satellite tracking site and it appears I have the correct keps installed. I went outside and checked the bearing of the antenna. Seems ok.
Anyone have any ideas? I am stumped.
-----Original Message----- From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Richard Lawn Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2010 6:43 PM To: [email protected] Subject: [amsat-bb] Working HO-68
Doing what I try to do every vacation which is try to spend a little time back on the birds. I've yet to have a QSO on HO-68. I hear the beacon just fine. But I just finished my 2nd pass from NJ and was unable to hear any signals let alone myself coming back on any mode. Did I misread the operating schedule or am I doing something wrong? MacDoppler told me there was a good pass to this part of the world are around 21:30 my time. Great beacon strength but nobody else was home.
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