[amsat-bb] first of a kind sat contact
D. Craig Fox
DFox at rwglaw.com
Sat Jun 19 17:30:22 PDT 2010
Fellow sat-ops, last night I had the supreme pleasure of completing my first EME contact. (Yes, THAT satellite) It was with JR3REX . We were working JT65B on 144.122. I was in normal mode- ie, no "deep search" mode or signal averaging (for those who run this mode).The reason I am posting this is to remind those having SSB capabilities on VHF/UHF, that even modest equipment will allow such contacts. I was running only a 13 el cushcraft yagi with az/el (although not really needed once the moon is low), and a TE amp putting out about 375w. I used the TE's built in preamp. Ground wave gives a significant signal boost when the moon is low. Also, this satellite requires no sophisticated tracking. Anyway, I invite one and all to give it a try.
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