[amsat-bb] Re: Palm Springs Hamfest, Exploding Eggs, and SO-50

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sun Jan 29 17:43:57 PST 2012

Hi Drew!

>>cable-ready analog cable tuner.  If that ATV transmitter was on
>>434 MHz and close to the demonstration, could that have wiped
>>out the 435-438 MHz satellite subband?
> Yes! Almost every year at the Orlando Hamfest, one of the Red
> Cross vans is running ATV all day, and it destroys the satellite
> band. They will usually turn it off if I ask, since it isn't ever being
> actually used for something.

Thanks for that.  I saw some posts in the -BB archives about the
issues with 434 MHz ATV and the 435-438 MHz satellite subband
many years ago, but had never encountered it myself at a hamfest
or when operating from anywhere else.  After seeing Clint's demos
last year at the same site, I knew that he should have been able
to hit AO-27 from there.

I also forgot to mention I saw Christy KB6LTY at Palm Springs
yesterday.  I've worked her a few times on the satellites, including
one occasion where she was with a group of Scouts and I was
able to answer questions from a couple of them.  You never know
who you'll run into, especially at an out-of-state hamfest...  (not
that I can afford the time and $$$ to visit many out-of-state



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