[amsat-bb] NA1SS Chats with Lompoc, CA
david at cdwing.com
Thu Sep 29 09:37:55 PDT 2011
I was checking out my equipment and had the ISS rising out of the Pacific.
I rarely try to work the ISS but thought I would give it a try and manually
swung the antennas over to the correct azimuth.
I heard some chatter and was initially irritated that someone would be
having a QSO on the downlink frequency but then from the conversation I
realized that it was someone on the ISS describing seeing hurricanes in the
Pacific. I could not believe my luck that NA1SS was actually working
contacts! Not being able to hear the uplink, I gingerly threw out my
Callsign a couple of times hoping to get into the rotation and then to my
great embarrassment, it became apparent that NA1SS (Mike Fossum) was working
a school contact in Lompoc, CA. I sure am glad that I just threw out my
callsign twice before I clued in on things.
At any rate I was able to monitor NA1SS down to about 3 degrees.really
clean, strong signal. First time for me hearing the ISS because I rarely
check it out and typically don't have SatPC32 even tracking it. Sure glad I
decided to use it as a test target!
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