[amsat-bb] Working VO-52 with an FT-817ND and TH-F6A

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sat Jan 21 10:52:30 PST 2012


I worke up early this morning and set up my portable satellite 
station in the back yard to work VO-52.  Since I have written 
about working the non-FM satellites with two radios, I decided 
to make a couple of videos showing me working VO-52 on the 1511 
UTC pass this morning and a closer look at the equipment I used 
on that pass.  On this pass, I used a Yaesu FT-817ND as my 
transmitter, a Kenwood TH-F6A as the receiver (it has an all-mode 
receiver), and my Elk Antennas handheld 2m/70cm log periodic for 
the antenna.  

The video of me working the pass is at:


and the close-up view of my station is at:


I have used this FT-817ND/TH-F6A combination at a few hamfests,
and for many of the passes I worked in Australia a few months 
ago.  I now have three radios that can serve as the downlink 
receiver when working SSB/CW via satellite - my second FT-817ND, 
an Icom IC-R20 handheld all-mode receiver, and the TH-F6A HT.

The TH-F6A is not capable of being controlled by software like 
SatPC32.  The other two radios I use for receiving SSB/CW downlinks
can be controlled by software.  All of these radios are portable,
and can be used almost anywhere I can hear the satellite downlinks.


Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK 

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