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

John W Lee k6yk at juno.com
Thu Oct 26 12:53:56 PDT 2006

And  turn off the P.L.
It makes it sound awful on CW. 

I started out on Mode A with a Regency HR-2B
with one crystal,  keying the thing on CW and it
worked great. 15 watts did the trick. Made hundreds
of QSO's until I got a  better rig.

What got me started (this was in about 1974)  was 
the local folks talking about OSCAR on the 2 meter repeater
all the time.  SO one day I tried  just keying the mike and seeing
if I could actually hear my own signal.. Lo and behold... it was 
there!    The rest is history... 

I did the same with Oscar 10, using my old Heathkit HW-24, with only
10 watts and a 7 element beam I could actually hear myself coming back
on the downlink!   The CW signal was awful but I managed to work
about 10 stations.  So again, a better  UHF radio and I was in business! 

John  K6yK

On Wed, 25 Oct 2006 21:35:34 -0600 James Duffey <JamesDuffey at comcast.net>
> 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.

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