[amsat-bb] AO-7 running like a champ
glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Wed Jan 24 12:46:24 PST 2007
Yesterday afternoon I had the distinct pleasure of working some DX on AO-7
mode B from here in subtropical Florida. I caught a 4 degree max pass to the
northeast that eventually covered a good bit of northwestern Europe, and had
the pleasure to catch G1WPR in IO93 finishing up with K3SZH. Signals were 55
with some QSB on my uplink, probably due to all the energy wasted in heating
the neighborhood palm trees. My QTH does not have what anyone could consider
a clear horizon! As I was going LOS I also heard I believe W3JZ working
G1WPR. At the time the footprint extended across the US from Idaho to
Central Florida, and just about all of Canada, so the opportunity to work
some satellite DX is there for many.
The 24 hour timer continues to change modes while the satellite is in
continuous illumination, with the mode change occurring around 1130 UTC.
Eclipses return April 3rd, 2007, and we expect the timer to be interrupted
near this date.A good website to check to quickly find out what mode it is
in can be found at: http://oscar.dcarr.org/ .
Good Luck and enjoy!
73, Drew KO4MA
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