[amsat-bb] KP5 Desecheo DXpedition on satellite
glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Thu Feb 12 09:44:56 PST 2009
Updates from www.kp5.us indicate that at least part of the team is now on
Desecheo, and will soon begin HF operations as K5D. Thanks to the support of
AMSAT-NA, the team is equipped with a Kenwood D7 HT and Arrow antenna, as
well as training on using the FM satellites. AMSAT-NA would like to thank
Doug Faunt N6TQS, Tim Lilley N3TL, and Patrick Stoddard, WD7EWK for their
generous donations of equipment for this and future DXpedition, as well as
Keith Pugh, W5IU for training assistance.
Satellite operation is not expected to begin until the second half of the
DXpedition, and then only on an as available basis. A second repeater on
AO-51 (145.88/435.150) will be activated on February 16th and
reserved -only- for contacts with K5D while within sight of the island. K5D
may be active on either AO-51 repeater, SO-50 or the ISS voice repeater
modes if available. Operation on the transponder satellites is not expected
unfortunately. Outside of range of Desecheo, users are encouraged to operate
under the standard AO-51 QRP rules. These guidelines are 10 watts output or
less, to omnidirectional or handheld antennas only. Telemetry collection
operations on AO-51 will occasionally interrupt the 435.150 downlink on US
west coast passes not in range of Desecheo.
Users attempting contact with K5D should be aware the the DXpedition does
not wish to exchange grid squares during the QSO in order to allow more
operators the chance for a QSO. Their grid square is FK68, same as most of
Puerto Rico. Please be courteous and limit yourself to one QSO. Logs are
expected to be available online at http://www.kp5.us/ . Many prolific
DXpeditioners are on this trip, and a positive experience with satellite may
result in increased participation by future expeditions.
Good Luck on working a new one on satellite!
73, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT-NA VP Operations
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