[amsat-bb] Re: Odd Satellite problem

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sun Oct 16 14:35:34 PDT 2011

Hi Michael!

> I am having a problem hearing the downlink of any SSB satellites on 440.
> <snip>
> It is 21:10 UTC and I just finished trying to work FO-29 from CN87 (20:59 to
> 21:17), and again no luck.  I sent my call out on 145.950, but nothing back.
> Checked the ARRL satellite tracking site and it appears I have the correct
> keps installed.  I went outside and checked the bearing of the antenna.
> Seems ok.

FO-29 is currently off.  Since it was the only current SSB/CW satellite with
a 70cm downlink, we will have to hope that FO-29 can be reactivated in
the near future.  Otherwise, there's VO-52 with a 2m downlink and AO-7
with its alternating 2m and 10m downlinks if you're trying to work SSB,
or you can try for the transponder on ARISSat-1 (70cm up/2m down).

If you want to work FM, you have AO-51 as well as AO-27 (afternoon
passes only) and SO-50 that are available - all with 70cm downlinks.



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