[amsat-bb] Re: HO-68 - first FM pass over Australia

Andrew Rich vk4tec at tech-software.net
Sun Dec 27 14:10:55 PST 2009

There was packet mixed in and I could decode it as well

BJ1SA-12/1   27/12/09 21:10:00

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <vk5alx at amsat.org>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2009 11:54 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] HO-68 - first FM pass over Australia

> Six stations, plus myself, accessed Hope-1 (HO-68) on its
> first FM pass over Australia starting at 11:00 UTC (27 Dec)
> Downlink signal at my location reached  -98dBm but I did
> experience several very deep fades which took the signal
> from full quieting to full noise.  The fades were very sudden
> and lasted from just a few seconds to up to half a minute each
> time.  Some signal dropouts were experienced.
> However, maximum elevation here was just 15 degrees.
> Antennas here were RHC for 70cm receive and LHC on 2 mtr TX.
> Some  distortion in the received audio was evident indicating that the
> satellite's   receiver   might   be  a little off frequency or that it
> prefers narrow deviation.
> Hopefully  we  will  have  more opportunities to test the bird further
> before it is commissioned for normal use.
> 73 and best wishes for 2010
> Alex VK5ALX
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