[amsat-bb] Satellite power levels

Andrew Rich vk4tec at tech-software.net
Sat Nov 7 12:11:37 PST 2009

I am trying to gauge what power levels ham satellites use and what is the rough expected outcome.

For example 100mW CW on UHF seems pretty weak, but 5 W from SO-67 seems to be pretty strong.

>From reports, 5 W is HT material.

I have sent 100 mW from a glider, and we got around 3 - 7 km's 

Maybe the birds have gain ant pointed at earth ?

These cubesats, what sort of power do they run ?

Andrew VK4TEC

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