[amsat-bb] Re: Congrats on ISS contact
Alan P. Biddle
APBIDDLE at UNITED.NET
Wed Dec 31 07:07:03 PST 2008
Witty conversationalist that I am, it was good to work another station. :)
Drew came in near his TCA, dropped out for a minute, and then came back just
before my LOS. In both cases, the limiting factor seemed to be breaking the
squelch. As the ISS moved away, I had a good shot at the earth facing
antenna, and had to slowly ramp up the TX power as the range increased. I
could actually get in almost to my LOS due to a clean local horizon here,
but the power to the brick amp was approaching the "Danger Will Robinson!"
I am wondering if they could experiment with opening the squelch up a bit?
I understand the cooling issues, but expect there may be less spurious
signals on mode L than the normal frequencies.
FWIW, pass was AOS at 295 degrees azimuth, 18 degrees elevation, and LOS at
azimuth 140 degrees, 12 degrees elevation. I suspect in both cases power
PS Thanks to all for the receptions reports from listeners. They have been
highly encouraging and helpful!
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