[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 QRP channel
DOBarrows at aol.com
Wed Oct 18 19:07:48 PDT 2006
You had better luck than I did, Pat. Tried again 19 Oct 0140 pass and heard
K3BSB but don't think he was hearing the downlink. I put out my call for most
of the pass and finally worked VE3IGJ toward the end.
For those of you on the list new to handheld operation, I would recommend
putting a 70cm preamp in the receive side if you can. I used an Icom IC-R10 last
week for receive and put in a SSB electronics SP-7000 preamp powered by two
lantern batteries and it made a tremendous difference. I could hear AO51 and
SO50 on high passes for a solid 7 or 8 minutes with the arrow antenna indoors
in an upstairs room. This preamp is physically bigger than the R10 and the
VX5R (uplink radio) put together.
Tonight I toted up a FT-726R to receive on (doesn't do pl tones) and the VX5R
to transmit with. Again heard a good 7 minutes or more solid with indoor
In a message dated 10/18/2006 12:21:04 AM Eastern Standard Time,
pagreen at gmail.com writes:
heard 3 stations besides myself on the pass 2 hours ago and managed to use up
the whole pass 'chatting' because of the lack of stations. I didn't hear
many transmitters without ears on the pass either. I'll be more of the passes
this week due to the lack of activity to "tune up" more JOTA stations. Hope to
hear you on.
73 de Pat --- KA9SCF.
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