[amsat-bb] Re: Congratulations XW-1 team!
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Sun Dec 20 04:11:39 PST 2009
On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 6:33 AM, Mark L. Hammond <marklhammond at gmail.com> wrote:
> There is much to celebrate with the successful launch and early
> commissioning of the XW-1 satellite! Congratulations to Alan,
> Michael, and the entire team---from construction, to launch, to
> commissioning. Your hard work is evident and appreciated by ham
> operators around the world.
> I had the priviledg of working N3TL on that first linear transponder
> US pass, and the bird performed and sounded wonderful! (thanks, Tim
> :) )
> I hope to be around to attempt the PBBS when it becomes active over
> the US tody as well.
> Best 73 to the XW-1/Hope-1 team!
I wish the XW-1 team could have listened in on that first pass: it was
full of voices marveling at how low the bird was on the horizon while
they were continuing their conversations! For me, a simple 1/4 wave
vertical with preamp took me all the way to 0 degrees azimuth.
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