[amsat-bb] Apollo 11 transmission on AO-51 tonight
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Mon Jul 20 22:09:58 PDT 2009
I was able to hear the transmission on two passes tonight
(0000 and 0139 UTC). The first pass was a tough one to hear,
as I was driving on US-6 between I-70 and Provo near the
DM49/DN40 grid boundary, with lots of rocks and mountains
all around me. I could hear the middle 3 or 4 minutes of
that pass with little difficulty using my IC-T7H HT and the
Larsen 2m/70cm mobile whip on the roof of my truck. For the
later pass at 0139 UTC, I was using my normal FM satellite
station (IC-2720H with Elk Antennas 2m/70cm log periodic)
outside the motel I'm in tonight located in DM49bq.
I recorded the 0139 UTC pass, since I did not get my laptop
set up to receive the SSTV signals in real time. I have not
fed the SSTV audio into my laptop yet, but will do that in
the next day or so to see the picture. The four audio
recordings were all very appropriate for the transmission,
and I'm sure the photo will be as well - when I get to see
it from my recording.
It has been nice to see the satellite activity commemorating
this event over the past few days - VE3MOON, K5E, and the
AO-51 transmission this evening. I've had the chance to work
both of those special-event stations while on the road, and
will appreciate receiving those QSLs.
Glad to see radio- and satellite-related chatter return to the
-BB. Good night, and 73!
Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK - Nephi, Utah
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