[amsat-bb] Re: WD9EWK's first non-FM satellite QSOs today!
billdz.geo at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 10 11:57:34 PDT 2008
That's pretty impressive, working a linear sat with an
Arrow and manual tuning. You must have 3 hands.
Hope to work you someday on the linear birds.
By the way, I'm back in Florida now after a summer in
Europe and Africa. Had about 30 FM sat QSOs in Europe
and 14 in South Africa, using an HT and an Arrow.
73, Bill NZ5N
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2008 15:50:46 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Patrick STODDARD \(WD9EWK/VA7EWK\)"
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Subject: [amsat-bb] WD9EWK's first non-FM satellite
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After months of trying to make a portable station that
allow me to work the SSB/CW satellites (first with an
and AOR AR8200Mk2B wide-band receiver, then later with
FT-817NDs, all using my Arrow Antennas handheld Yagi),
made everything work. At 1756 and 1758 UTC today, I
first two satellite QSOs not using FM on either the
downlink. As I expected, it was not an easy thing;
uplink seemed to make it a bit easier than a 70cm
uplink like I
had tried before on VO-52 or AO-7. Now, after over
QSOs in the last 2 1/2 years or so, I can say I've got
at least a
couple SSB satellite QSOs to go with the others I've
done on FM.
I know that computer control for either - or both - of
is the preferred way to go. Less work for the
how much my signal moves through the passband due to
simply more time to work other stations. I will most
up with a portable setup using a small laptop that can
these two FT-817NDs or some other radio(s),
eventually. I will
also rig up a tripod or something for the Yagi, or try
antenna, so I don't have to hold it while trying to
radio(s). I decided that the 1745-1759 UTC FO-29 pass
morning to my east would probably be a good pass to
elevation, and a footprint covering most of North
America. I set
up my radios in the back of my truck just over the
line into grid
DM44ha northeast of Phoenix AZ, and tried my luck.
It took a couple of minutes to get used to finding my
the downlink. My 5W signal with the Yagi was more
I heard some CW early in the pass, then I could hear a
voices - Joe K3SZH and Jeff K7WIN. When those two
QSO, I quickly called K7WIN. K3SZH came back instead,
and I made
a quick QSO with Joe. I followed that up with another
with Jeff K7WIN. Both Joe and Jeff commented I had a
through the satellite. Thanks for the QSOs, and
dealing with my non-automated station near the end of
Now I can go back to working on VO-52 and AO-7, plus
the new Delfi
satellite, and see if I can do the same with a non-FM
using a 70cm uplink. And keep on working FO-29, a
very nice bird.
I'm not turning my back on the FM birds, but adding
when I want to play radio via satellite. :-)
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