[amsat-bb] Re: Arecibo heard

Mark L. Hammond marklhammond at gmail.com
Fri Apr 16 12:53:01 PDT 2010

I went home for a "lunch break" and was able to copy them on CW (but
not SSB) with the following:

M2 440-18 (an 11' vertical/linear antenna that claims 14.5 dBd)
ARR MSP432VDG-160 preamp (claims 0.55 dB NF)
TS-2000X radio, CW mode, filter width betwen 600Hz and 200Hz

It wasn't arm-chair copy, but after nudging the array around a bit, I
could make out characters and their call.  Didn't try to listen to
anybody else (assuming they would quite a bit lower).

The moon was around 67 deg elevation, right in the small "hole" of the
forest canopy growing at my home :)

Anyhow, it was fun, and given their low output, will be fun to listen
tomorrow with a repaired amp!


Mark N8MH

On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 3:27 PM, Bill Dzurilla <billdz.geo at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I'm at work and not QRV, but I had no problem copying them with a single 12 el. yagi leaned again the chair when they did the test a couple of weeks ago, and most everyone else gave them good reports.  At the time, they were running 50w, a barefoot Kenwood TS-2000.  They must have changed rigs if now they only have 20w.  And something else must be wrong, because even folks with big antennas are having trouble copying them (more so than the 50w vs. 20w would suggest).
> There's a live feed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kp4ao-eme
> Good luck and 73,
> Bill NZ5N
>> From: Sebastian <w4as at bellsouth.net>
>> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Arecibo
>> To: "Mark L.Hammond" <marklhammond at gmail.com>
>> Cc: AMSAT BB <AMSAT-BB at amsat.org>
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>> I can hear very faint CW from them.
>> I'm surprised as I have just a single yagi, and apparently
>> their amp isn't working.
>> 73 de W4AS
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Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]

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