[amsat-bb] ARRISAT and a fun afternoon on AO51
luhn at wt.net
Mon Oct 24 18:33:19 PDT 2011
I have been trying to use ARRISAT-1 for the past couple of days.
Despite the fact it was almost directly overhead, I could not get my SSB
signal through the transponder. I am using an IC-910 and arrow beam. I
am fully aware of the antenna issue on the lady. Today I did not hear
anything from the satellite. Has anyone been working through the
satellite the past couple of day? Perhaps I have something wrong. The
same rig and antenna works fine with the other satellites. With AO51, I
run it at the minimum power which is probably about 5 watts.
I had several pleasant exchanges on AO-51 today. The thrill has not
worn off for me and I doubt it ever will. Yep, I have worked several
before but it is always nice to say hi to an old or new friend.
A big thank you to all involved who keep the old birds working. Most of
us do not keep a rig as long as some of the still working birds have
been flying. Too bad a service call cannot be made on the dormant ones.
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