[amsat-bb] Fade compensation
dukenuke at pixi.com
Sun Dec 6 21:01:48 PST 2009
Just a note on my personal Arrow experience.
With many satellites, ie, AO-51, SO-50,
Cubesats Prism, SEEDS, etc., I have found
that a "twist" of the wrist" can make the
difference between a "clean" signal and no
signal at all! This is a common phenomena
that I experienced less than 2 hours ago
on AO-51. The AO-51 pass was noisy
at 14 degs max. el. using my Arrow and HT.
Antenna "adjustment" helped significantly.
Having only been on 51 a handfull of times
during the past week I cannot pass any
judgment regarding recent downlinks in Hawaii.
My impression is that AO-51 is a very
dependable, fantastic FM bird. The same
goes for it's Operations team and those I
regularly hear on the mainland. Tonite's
"noise" may be been an anomoly or perhaps
the current orientation of AO-51 has shifted
some signal strength in favor of the southern
hemisphere. I did did have several clear
QSOs. I will continue to evaluate AO-51's
73 to everybody
Respectfully- robert, NH7WN
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