[amsat-bb] Re: AO-7 milliwatt CW

Roger Kolakowski rogerkola at aol.com
Wed Jun 3 20:03:01 PDT 2009

Maybe time to get that tape recorder back out??

----- Original Message -----
From: <n3tl at bellsouth.net>
To: <AMSAT-BB at amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 9:18 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-7 milliwatt CW

> Hey everyone,
> I worked the AO-7 pass just after 00:00 UTC here because it had a maximum
elevation for me of almost 89 degrees. I wanted to see how much, if any, my
ability to work would expand when runninng a half-watt if a used CW instead
of SSB.
> On this pass, at least, I had a copyable signal from 30 degrees to 30
degrees, and made a partial contact at 00:15 UTC with a station whose call
sign I did not fully copy - which is totally my fault. The call was WA4 (or,
at least, that's what I copied), but I didn't catch the suffix. The signal
faded slightly, and I didn't ask for a repeat. That's embarrassing, and I
apologize to the operator for that. When he called me, AO-7 was below 35
degrees. I reported a 589 to him, and he gave me a 559, which exceeded my
expectations. When we finished the QSO, AO-7 was at 28 degrees elevation to
my location, and I faded into the noise.
> It'll take a few more passes, at least, to say with some measure of
certainty, but it appears that, for my station, I probably can expect to
have workable signals at a half-watt out on AO-7 at 50 degrees elevation and
above in SSB, and at 30 degrees elevation and above in CW. Given the
compromises I choose to have with a fully portable station, that's not to
bad for milliwatts.
> 73 to all,
> Tim - N3TL
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