[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 Basement operation!!!

n3tl@bellsouth.net n3tl at bellsouth.net
Mon Jun 15 07:28:05 PDT 2009

Congratulations Luc!

Many here already know that my "base" operation includes hand-holding my Elk antenna and manually tracking the satelltes from inside my home. 

Without question, optimizing one's receive side is the most important consideration. 

73 to all,

Tim - N3TL
-------------- Original message from Luc Leblanc <lucleblanc6 at videotron.ca>: -------------- 

> Hi 
> I just try AO-51 V/S mode this morning 0700am pass. I was checking a new S band 
> beam and it was a success nearly all the fades disappear comparing to my former WMAX beam. But i was not able to uplink to the satellite 
> only to discover a frightening flaw in my setup i was transmitting in the same VHF port that i used for my 2.4GHZ downconverter. Too 
> early in the morning and probably not awaken enough i 
> immediately stopped transmitting and OH surprised the DC does not blow up? 
> But what about the 847 finals...they survive about 10 transmission... In the 
> middle of the pass and the DC still working i cannot switch my rig/antenna fast enough i take my HT DJ-580T with his rubber duck antenna and i 
> punch the uplink frequency then and i called Doug KD8CAO who was calling in the void since the beginning of the pass and at the same time 
> i heard my downlink he answered me back...My Alinco was at 5W. But the amazing part "i was in my basement..." It is a living proof that the 
> hard part is the receiving side. My last basement record 
> was on AO-16 50w on a dual band mobile antenna on a metal file cabinet. 
> P.S. i will buy a lotto ticket today i feel the stars where on my side this 
> morning:) 
> "-" 
> Luc Leblanc VE2DWE 
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> www.qsl.net/ve2dwe 
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