[amsat-bb] CW anyone?

francesco messineo francesco.messineo at gmail.com
Wed Jul 22 12:01:58 PDT 2009

Hello all,

I'm in the middle of a short trip to IS0 land, I'm using the satellite
antennas (2 x lindenblad RHCP) I made last december. Operations here
can be almost all the time in CW, due to low signals obtainable with
omni antennas and 20m RG-213 on both bands.
During a few passes of VO-52 I can also work SSB in the best part of
the pass and the high passes of AO-27 are also sometimes workable in
FM (made a couple of contacts, amazing for omni antennas in the
crowded europe).
Results are really good if you ask me, but I almost always call on the
linear birds for almost all the pass (2-3 degrees are already workable
usually) in CW making one contact if I'm lucky. So what's wrong with
CW on satellites? I hear a lot of SSB stations, but uplinking in SSB
is hopeless on FO-29 and AO-07 and difficult most of the time on
I think it also would be possible to try a contact with Canada on
Oscar-7, if anyone feels like trying a sked, just drop me an email.
Best 73 de IS0/IZ8DWF

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