[amsat-bb] Re: New to the Birds
kc9gha at gmail.com
Sun Dec 10 18:39:32 PST 2006
I too am new to the birds. I've been a ham for about 2 1/2 years, and
have tried making contacts over the past year or so. Until recently,
I was having no luck, although I could receive the satellites (mainly
AO-51 and occasionally ISS) easily enough. However, thanks to an
early Christmas present from my wife - an Arrow antenna - I've been
happily successful over the past few weeks, making an average of 2
contacts on the passes I've tried.
Tonight's 01:30 UTC pass was really fun, as there were only a few
operators on it at the time of the pass. This was the first time I
also tried using the Arrow mounted on a tripod - I was able to better
maintain the signals than I have been while using it handheld. The
tripod allows me to concentrate on working the HT and recorder,
without losing aim.
It's wonderful how the satellites have opened up a new avenue for me,
at least until I learn code and upgrade from a Technician license.
Until then, I'm going to try having as much fun as possible using the
birds with my simple setup - an Alinco HT (5 watts) and the Arrow
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