Bob W7LRD
I came across this info, might be of some value.
Ref: The Satellite Experimenters Handbook, Pg 96
Max Dist (range) = 2R * arcos [R/(R+h)]
Where R = 6,371 km and h = 1,459 km at Apogee (AO7) h = 1,440 km at Perigee (AO7)
Therefore the maximum possible communication distance via AO7 at Apogee = 7,904 km. Therefore the maximum possible communication distance via AO7 at Perigee = 7,861 km.
The difference in range from apogee to perigee appears to be only 33 km.
73, Pierre ZS6BB
The numbers assume the antenna is on the surface of the Earth. You must add the distance from the antenna to the local horizon to the calculated figures. And, there is refraction.
John WA4WDL
 From: "Pierre van Deventer" pierrevd@icon.co.za Sent: Friday, February 26, 2010 2:31 AM To: AMSATBB@amsat.org Subject: [amsatbb] Max range apogee vs perigee
Bob W7LRD
I came across this info, might be of some value.
Ref: The Satellite Experimenters Handbook, Pg 96
Max Dist (range) = 2R * arcos [R/(R+h)]
Where R = 6,371 km and h = 1,459 km at Apogee (AO7) h = 1,440 km at Perigee (AO7)
Therefore the maximum possible communication distance via AO7 at Apogee = 7,904 km. Therefore the maximum possible communication distance via AO7 at Perigee = 7,861 km.
The difference in range from apogee to perigee appears to be only 33 km.
73, Pierre ZS6BB
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