[amsat-bb] Re: "Frustration" Solved!

Greg Dober almetco at comcast.net
Mon Nov 30 15:38:44 PST 2009


Looking forward to working you and glad the problem is solved. In pre-gray
hair days, I use to make fun of the TV instructions when the troubleshooting
section noted: Make sure TV is plugged into outlet.  Not anymore!! Just
yesterday I spent a half hour wondering why my printer didn't print.  When
you remove the wrong ethernet cable earlier in the day and assumed it was
the correct one for another device...well, you know the rest of the story. 


-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Michael Tondee
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 6:06 PM
To: AMSAT-BB at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] "Frustration" Solved!

Well, just got through listening to a pass of AO-51. As several have 
suggested, it was a pointing issue with the antenna.
I can't believe my memory has gotten to the point where I couldn't 
remember where North was the last time I had the antennas up.
 Thing is, I actually took a compass reading the other day and 
compensated for declination but I must have  misread something 
somewhere. I was only about 20 degrees off! Declination here is only 4 
degrees so it couldn't have been that. That's what I get for working on 
stuff at dusk I guess. I'm slightly embarrassed!
  BTW, I didn't mean to make anyone think that an 11 element yagi was 
too narrow for LEO's. It's fine if you point the dang thing right!  
Also, the reason why I went this route with the more complex antenna and 
AZ/EL system is that I already had the stuff on hand from my last foray 
into satellites. Only the preamp was new and I knew that everything had 
worked before. I can certainly appreciate the suggestions on 
simplification and I was about to do just that if I didn't have any 
success today.
 Now I just have to work out some of my cable issues and get something 
going for transmit. My 2 meter "cheap yagi" has seen better days. Once I 
get that, I'll raise the mast and get the antennas up to their normal 
 I'm just using HT's right now but I hope to have a new TS-2000X 
sometime after the first of the year. I've been quite interested in the 
TS-2000 vs. IC910H thread. I know that Icom has discontinued the 910 
because of the 9100 but I was under the impression that Kenwood would 
release a new rig at Dayton this year and wonder if that will mean the 
demise of the TS-2000.
 Thanks everyone for the suggestions and also allowing me to "vent" a 
bit last night.I was getting pretty frustrated.
Michael, W4HIJ
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