[amsat-bb] A small step back into things

Michael Tondee mat_62 at netcommander.com
Sat Oct 24 15:44:23 PDT 2009

Those of you who have seen my post to this forum in the past know that 
I've unfortunately had to sell some of my gear on and off to make ends 
meet. I went from a TS-2000X to an IC-820 to no satellite stuff at all. 
Just recently I had to part with my HF rig as well.
 I was determined though that I wasn't going to give up and an FM LEO 
capable station seemed feasible and better than not having anything at 
all so I have started pursuing it.
I just got my Yaesu VX-3R HT from the UPS man Friday, it is primarily to 
be my receive radio as I already have another 2 meter radio.
 I have felt like a kid who couldn't play with his new toy though 
because my adapter to be able to hook up an external antenna to the SMA 
connector on the HT was back ordered. We have a few repeaters here but 
I'm out in the sticks and the rubber ducks on these little rigs are 
notoriously dreadful.
 Anyway finally decided to step outside the house tonight about the 1800 
UTC pass of AO-51 and see if I could hear anything but noise.
 Amazingly enough, even with just the stock rubber duck, I could hear 
stations. Everything was down in the noise and not really discernible 
enough to copy but I could tell people were there.
 I don't think I really needed much more antenna and I probably would 
have had decent copy.
It was only a small step and there is much work to do but it did make me 
feel as if I had actually moved forward on getting back on the birds.
Just wanted to share,
Michael, W4HIJ

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