[amsat-bb] Satellite choices on Field Day

Philip Jenkins philipjjenkins at gmail.com
Thu Jun 21 18:34:56 PDT 2012

Hi all

  I'm doing satellite demos for Field Day for my club, and I'm trying to
narrow down which ones to try. I'd like to demo two of each type, even if
all the audience is able to do it listen. So please let me know which FM
and which linear ones you would recommend.

  For FM: SO-50, AO-27, and ISS (assuming that it will be on at all, either
in repeater mode or even better, a real live operator :-) )

 For linear: VO-52, FO-29, and AO-7

I'm leaning towards AO-27 for listen only, as I know the bird will be jam
packed with ops that weekend (although I do have a decent pass at 230 am
local Sunday, and an even better one at 4 am) and actually trying to make a
contact on SO-50, although I'm sure it will be busy too.

  Definitely AO-7 for my linear choice, as I know the linear birds won't be
as busy as the FM ones. FO-29 is my next choice.

I'm planning on using the Arrow antenna with my VX5-R for the FM birds, and
I have an M-Squared 2M/440 (same boom, but offset 90 degrees) with an
"armstrong" az/el control for the linear ones with my TS-2000X. (I'll also
have a longwire on the off chance that AO-7 pops up in Mode A, as I may be
working 20 M phone/CW when not busy with the sats.)

  Any advice will be appreciated


Philip N4HF (operating as WA4TRS (EM85il) from the Cherokee Indian
Reservation in NC for FD)

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