[amsat-bb] Re: Weak Signal on AO-51
zack.kd8ksn at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 12 15:49:01 PST 2011
I guess I will just ride it out... ;-) I have been through this before, and
it has gradually gone away. I would say it was weather related with all of
the extremes we have had lately, but that shouldn't affect it.
From: Mark L. Hammond
Sent: Saturday, March 12, 2011 5:58 PM
To: Zachary Beougher ; amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Weak Signal on AO-51
We've gone from 500 mW down to about 460 mW over the last week or
thereabouts, so I don't think that would be fully explain what you're
It's a big difference from when we were running 1-1.5 watts, but we haven't
been at that power level since Feb 26th or so.
The bird is spinning pretty slowly, making 1 revolution around every 10 mins
or so. If it happens to have a bad attitude (heh) relative to you, it might
make one pass better than the other.
At 05:33 PM 3/12/2011 -0500, Zachary Beougher wrote:
>Hi! The last few AO51 passes I have been on over the last few days have
>seemed to have a very weak signal. I can usually acquire the bird at about
>2-3 degrees when it comes up from the S, but I was having a hard time
>hearing it at 10. Max elevation of the last pass was 23 degrees, and I
>could barely hear it then. It seemed like the polarization was all over
>the place too clear one minute and gone the next. I was wondering if the
>transmitter power is lower than it has been I have not seen anythinng on
>the BB regarding any mode change. Hopefully it is not something up with my
>antenna. 73! Zack KD8KSN _______________________________________________
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