[amsat-bb] Back on the Air

Craig Gagner crgagner at charter.net
Tue Jan 24 16:01:30 PST 2012

Well I am finally back on the air after my mishap lowering a mast 2 weeks
ago. My hand has healed enough, and the weather was nice enough for me to
get on the tower and install the new M2 436CP30 beam. It's a 30 element
cross polarized beam and works awesome. Its coupled to my Kenwood TS-2000
via a ARR Preamp and a High Sierra Microwave down converter to get past that
nasty TS-2000 birdie issue on 436.800. 


I just worked an SO-50 pass here on the east coast at 1816 EST. I did a
livestream broadcast of the pass and saved a video of the pass in my video
library on the stream page. http://www.livestream.com/w1msgsat .


I will be broadcasting some passes from time to time on the livestream site,
so check it every now and then. I will also save the video's of the pass's I
work. The really cool thing is you can actually hear me on the pass as I am
using my signalink receive audio for the audio stream on the site.


The new antenna is better than expected, SO-50 is not the easiest satellite
to work, and you can tell that by the signals. Not to mention the disruption
from the solar conditions.


Hope to catch ya on the birds !!!




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