[amsat-bb] Re: Field Day Dual-Hop!

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Sun Jun 26 12:13:54 PDT 2011

Actually, the later (North-heading) pass of AO-51 was remarkably sane.  I made my 100 point contact with AA5PK, and then sat back to listen.  Towards the end of the pass it was pretty quiet, so I answered W6YX who was actually having to call CQ for some attention.

But AO-7 literally sounds like 20 meters.  I've never heard it so busy.  The Old Girl is holding up extremely well, and I had much better luck there than with FO-29, which seemed to be suffering from the onslaught.  AO-27 was super busy too, so I decided to wait for the mid-Pacific 3-degree pass.  Almost snagged the NH7 station...  Sorry, just couldn't pull out the call sign as the bird set.  Time to buy a better preamp and get it mounted directly on the antenna boom (instead of 10' and a cable splice away).

Greg  KO6TH

> Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:35:36 -0400
> From: morsesat at optonline.net
> Subject: RE: [amsat-bb]  Field Day Dual-Hop!
> To: ko6th_greg at hotmail.com; amsat-bb at amsat.org
> The birds were overcrowded...  I had an arrow type antenna set up (split the
> UHF and VHF beams on to 2 separate booms on my G5400 being controlled by LVB
> tracker and SATPC32 program for demo purposes)  with my Icom 910 and it was
> difficult to even get the 100 point contact.  Made a few contacts and Maybe
> next year we all can set up the one contact per bird rule and KEEP it!
> Was fun and the questions I had with my set up perked interest from the
> people that were "onlookers"  Sorry to WB2OQQ and others that I know but the
> interference was a bit much to overcome.
> Hope all had a great Field Day.
> 73,
> Dee, NB2F
> At "K2BAR"
> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Greg D.
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> Subject: [amsat-bb] Field Day Dual-Hop!
> Well, one-way, and I didn't have the presence of mind to try to make a cross
> satellite contact.
> The end of the last AO-07 pass (which sounded very much like 20 meters!)
> crossed with the beginning of FO-29's, so the two satellites passed within a
> couple of hundred miles of each other.  Since the downlink for AO-07 is in
> the middle of the uplink passband for FO-29, I switched over to FO-29 to
> take a listen.  Sure enough, the bottom of FO-29's passband sounded like 20
> meters for a few moments.  Then it went away.
> Fleeting chaos.  Sweet.
> Greg  KO6TH
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