[amsat-bb] Re: VO-52 underused bird

James Duffey JamesDuffey at comcast.net
Wed Oct 25 20:35:34 PDT 2006

Key the PTT line of your UHF FM transmitter for a CW uplink. Turn the 
mic gain  down or remove the mike all together.

It will chirp a bit, but it can be copied.

20 to 30 years ago, when 2M multimode rigs were not common, Lots of 
guys made their first Mode A contacts that way.

Most satellite SSB ops will come back to a CW signal.

It is not voice communication, but it will get you on the linear birds, 
which, in my opinion, opens up a whole new level of satellite ops. And 
arguably better with more opportunties.

Key the PTT line. It works. - Dr. Megacycle KK6MC/5

On Oct 25, 2006, at 8:37 PM, Tony Langdon wrote:

At 08:24 AM 10/26/2006, you wrote:
> Hi Bob
> I couldn't agree more. It is very much under utilized down here. Hope 
> to
> hear VK3JED on VO52 real soon.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned in private email, one big issue for me
is the UHF side of the bird.  I don't have much in the way of UHF SSB
gear, and I have noticed this is quite common, especially outside the
major cities.  Everyone has HF, and quite a lot of people have 2m
SSB, but 70cm SSB starts to get scarce.  Most of those who have it
these days only have it because they managed to afford one of the
newer all band, all mode rigs (FT-847, IC-706IIG, etc).  I don't fall
into that category, I'm another of the group who have 2m all mode (2
rigs even!), but nothing other than FM on any higher bands. :(

In the country, even UHF FM operators start to become thin on the
ground, let alone SSB.

73 de VK3JED

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James Duffey KK6MC/5
Cedar Crest NM 87008

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