[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT-BB Digest, Vol 1, Issue 112

Bruce snyderb at cox.net
Sun Sep 17 17:16:12 PDT 2006

   Don't give up yet save that S-Band equip!!!! Yes it can be discouraging 
at times, I had good S-band D/L & had success in my 1st L-band U/L contact 
this week. Today I couldn't hear the S-band D/L at all during 2 passes, go 
   They'll be more opportunities for AO51 S-band D/L &
   Are you using a down converter? Do you have trees & such in the way? 
Anyway keep the faith!!

73 Bruce KG4YEV

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Tondee" <mat_62 at netcommander.com>
To: "Robert Roy" <robroyy at comcast.net>
Cc: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, September 17, 2006 7:02 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT-BB Digest, Vol 1, Issue 112

>I have tried all week to be able to hear the S-band downlink with a BBQ
> grill dish and AIDC 3731 converter. I checked aim of my antennas and can
> receive a signal when a signal source is hanging off the dish but no joy
> as far as hearing the bird itself. I don't have an antenna for L band
> yet so I can't transmit.
> I'm very discouraged and about ready to yank the dish/downconverter off
> the mast and give up.
> 73,
> Michael, W4HIJ
> Robert Roy wrote:
>> Kevin: glad to see your working yourself on the S downlink of
>> AO-51....havent used my DEM down converter (2400 to 144) in a long time 
>> but
>> have heard nothing while listing this week.....l dont guess there are
>> hundreds of people with L band up links......am using BBQ grill, DEM
>> down-converter and PCR 1000 receiver.....need to get a signal source for 
>> 2.4
>> ghz to further test the S downlink as there are no other mode S 
>> satellites
>> that l know of.......73 Rob
>>> Message: 6
>>> Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 11:33:38 -0400
>>> From: "Kevin J. Smith" <kevin.j.smith at comcast.net>
>>> Subject: [amsat-bb]  9-17-06 14:50 UTC pass of AO-51
>>> To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
>>> Message-ID: <000601c6da6e$a61d17a0$2900a8c0 at N3HKQ>
>>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>>> In FN00 I seemed to have the entire pass to myself.  I did hear myself 
>>> on
>>> a
>>> few occasions as I was sending out my call.  I do have quite a few trees
>>> to
>>> contend with around my property so it is possible I could not hear 
>>> others.
>>> I will be on the 9-18-06 00:25 UTC pass this evening.  I hope to contact
>>> others as this will be my last opportunity to make an L/S contact before
>>> AO-51 switches to V/U.  Thanks for the bandwidth.
>>> Kevin Smith
>>> N3HKQ
>>> FN00be
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