[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 magnet reversal tonight

David Wing david at cdwing.com
Thu Dec 3 08:10:15 PST 2009

I have to agree with John...significant increase in the polarity switching
noticed both on the US west coast pass last night (02-Dec-09 0158) and this
morning (03-Dec-09 1417).  This morning's pass required a lot of
switching...some of it back-to-back (10 seconds between switching).  Also,
it took a long time to acquire the bird and I lost it early as well.

For the sake of full disclosure, I've only been running polarity switches
since Thanksgiving day but in that time I've worked AO-51 several times and
the need to switch polarity has been minimal.

73, David

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:43 AM
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 magnet reversal tonight

Drew, the only difference I detected in the 0029 utc pass over Western US
was the polarity changes. Almost thought 
I was on SO-50 instead of AO-51. Had to keep the hand on the reversal
switch. Heard acouple of other comments about it too during the pass. Signal
strength here on the West Coast seemed to be the same as before. 

John W6ZKH 

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