[amsat-bb] Re: AO-16 with small stn.

w4upd w4upd at bristor-assoc.com
Fri Jan 25 12:26:29 PST 2008

Sounds great!!! I tried here yesterday afternoon pass with my FT-817 for 
an uplink at 5 watts and could sometimes hear myself, but the QRM from 
at least a dozen or more stations at a time running more power and 
antennas won out. It was probably one of the biggest party lines I've 
heard since the old dial telephone days. I was only using a dual band 
vertical to send and receive. My arrays are still on the ground from the 
"storms of '04" here in Florida. Going to try again here in about 40 
minutes with 50 watts up on the vertical to see if I can make it.

Reid, W4UPD

> Drew asked for reports from portable/small stations using AO-16, so I offer my experience.  Just had Qs with VE2AHD and K8ALM on a 17 degree pass here in FN30, New York City.  I was inside my apartment (brick building with metal windows) on the 17th floor, with many obstructions outside.  Using 2 FT-817s, 5 watts up into 3 el; preamp and 7 el down.
> This is my portable gear used inside (temp in the 20s today). Can't wait for spring!  There may actually be very short windows--1 or 2 minutes--from here to G-land, etc.  This looks like a great bird.  I love the SSB downlink.  Tnx to all who made it happen. 
> 73,
> Tony, N2UN
> tjjapha at earthlink.net
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