[amsat-bb] Re: HEO history question

Armando Mercado am25544 at triton.net
Mon Dec 5 06:49:45 PST 2011

Hi John,

The UK and the mid-west were mutually visible
in the morning almost the entire month of
November, 1997, via AO-10.  There was
a gap for a couple of weeks in December,
1997, but mutual visibility returned for 
the 2nd half of January 1998 into
Feburary 1998.

RS12/13 made morning passes visible to
the mid-west roughly every other week
starting October, 1997 to March of
1998. (didn't calculate passes beyond that)

However, if you were tuning around in the FM
mode and found an SSB signal loud enough
to get your attention, I think you probably
heard RS12/13.

Do you remember how long you heard the
signal? (a couple of minutes or a half an 
hour or more).  Was the signal strength 
steady or was there a slow deep QSB?

73, Armando, N8IGJ


Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2011 13:58:52 -0600
From: John Geiger <aa5jg at fidmail.com>
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Subject: [amsat-bb] HEO history question
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Back in late 1997 or early 1998 I was using a Kenwood TR9130 on 2m SSB.
One morning I was tuning from the FM to the SSB portion of the band, and
heard a station just below 146mhz.  I tuned them in, and it was a station
from Wales!  Obviously going thru a satellite as the 2 meter conditions
weren't that good that morning.  I am now wondering what satellite it
probably was.  Hearing it was enough to motivate me to eventually get into
satellite operations-that took a few years though.

Anyways, what satellite was I probably hearing?  I am guessing AO10 or AO13
but were they operational at that time?

73s John AA5JG

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