[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 Basement operation!!!
n3tl at bellsouth.net
Mon Jun 15 07:28:05 PDT 2009
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>: --------------
> 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
> Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
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