[amsat-bb] Re: AO40 contacts and more

k6yk k6yk at juno.com
Thu Feb 3 18:18:14 PST 2011

I saw a mention of an issue  of  folks not wanting to make a big 
investment in satellite stuff to work SSB/CW. 

ALL of the original ham satellites were SSB/CW birds. No FM. 
And most hams already had enough equipment to get started.  The 
uplinks were on 2 meters or 70CM (that took a little more doing), 
the downlinks were on HF or 2 meters.   Some of the RS birds
where  HF up and HF down, and HF up, 2 meters down.  Interesting

Most folks had  HF gear to start off in ham radio. I did not have an HT
until I was a ham for probably 20 years.

Nowadays there is a LOT of  VHF/UHF multi mode gear floating around
the used market for reasonable prices.  Also the antennas are available,
for real cheap, or  haul it away for free. Keep your eyes and ears open. 

You don't have to go to AES/HRO/M-squared/HyGain/Cushcraft and buy new
to work these birds.   There are many old timers who gave up satellite
work when 
AO-10 and AO-13 went away, and their stuff is sitting around gathering
dust and 

Hams are supposed to be resourceful and innovative!  

And I went and sold my FT-847 which was about the most expensive rig I
bought!  Don't need it for these FM birds, I just use a dual-band mobile
rig, works
just as well. 


On Thu, 03 Feb 2011 14:51:48 -0900 "Edward R. Cole" <kl7uw at acsalaska.net>
> 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
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