[amsat-bb] Re: Hope-1 (XW-1/HO-68) video

Henk, PA3GUO hamoen at iae.nl
Fri Jan 1 23:53:35 PST 2010

> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6oDgUTHCwg
> Hi Henk. Nice video. VA3FM had my callsign incorrect, it is WB3CSY.

Hi Rick !
Thanks for correcting !

> It is very difficult to make a contact via HO68 with that equipment versus the other FM birds.

Indeed it varies a bit. Also it matches my own experience, sometimes easy,
sometimes a challenge. Still, comparing it to AO51: yes, AO51 seems easier to work
wrt uplink requirements, although this is not an apple to apple comparision,
as I have not tried HO68 full portable myself. I have done a few tests in reducing
uplink power 100...5 W to watch the effect. Maybe I should have made a recording.
Others also mention the PL tone in combination with a busy uplink channel.

What I like a lot about HO68 (but eg AO7 has the same - I know) is the
relative large footprint, which enables contacts across the continents
(EU/NA, NA/SA, EU/Afrika, ...)

Maybe we meet eachother via HO68 !

Maybe via SSTV ?


Henk, PA3GUO

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