[amsat-bb] Re: AO40 contacts
Edward R. Cole
kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Thu Feb 3 15:51:48 PST 2011
I was on AO-40 from its launch, initially running mode US, then mode
LS (I bought one of the few DEMI 1268/144 Tx converters that were
made). I made several contacts after I got my s-band downlink
working. Initially, I was using too small an antenna and did not
have a decent preamp. Once I graduated to the 85cm (33-inch) offsst
feed dish and added a MKU-232 preamp, I was able to hear anyone. I
spent a long time collecting telemetry and could do so out to a
squint angle of 49-degrees.
It really is a shame that there was no workaround for the battery
issue or even run on solar panels like AO7. But this was before AO7
reawakened to provide that insight. I lived and waited long years
for AO-40 and unfortunately wasted time I could have operated on AO-13.
Now I have all the stuff needed to work a Heo and hardly anywhere to
use it (I bought one of the early FT-847 just for AO-40). I would
say a lot of the operators of the Heo years have gone away from
satellite activity (some remain lurking on Amsat-bb wishing upon a
star ...or a hope and a prayer).
I will return, if Murphy will leave me alone long enough! But I
mainly operate Oscar-Zero now days.
73, ED - KL7UW
At 11:04 AM 2/3/2011, Floyd Rodgers wrote:
>Did anyone manage to bag any contacts off A040 before it's sad event?
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73, Ed - KL7UW, WD2XSH/45
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