[amsat-bb] Re: VO-52 in Mode J?

tosca005 at umn.edu tosca005 at umn.edu
Sun Jun 24 20:03:56 PDT 2012

On Jun 22 2012, Keith Baker wrote:

 Is it me, my keps or my equipment....or did I hear VO-52 in Mode J this 
(Friday AM) in a pass over the USA?
>Keith BakerKB1SF / VA3KSF 		 	   		  

I dont't know, but I usually have zero trouble working VO-52 during Field 
Day, but this year I never heard even a peep from it on about a dozen 
passes that I tried. It felt almost as if the satellite was not there or 
the transponder was off. Probably an equipment problem on my end, but I was 
able to hear (but not work) AO-27 and FO-29 a few times, so I know I at 
least had my Android phone set up properly for making pass predictions, and 
they also matched the pass predictions on AMSAT.ORG online. So, unlike 
prior years, when I've done stupid things like not correct for Daylight 
Saving Time or updated the station coordinates, I know I at least had those 
major goofs prevented. But I was shocked and disappointed that I could not 
even hear the slightest bit of activity or signal return this past weekend. 
Like I said, this has always been an excellent, reliable linear 
transponder, so I was particularly surprised...

W0JT (for the W0BU Field Day effort)

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