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

Jim Jerzycke kq6ea at verizon.net
Sun Jun 24 20:52:46 PDT 2012

There was a ton of Field Day activity on VO-52 this year. I had no 
problem making contacts for K6AA.
FO-29 also preformed very well this year on the passes I was on.
Poor old AO-7 was getting the daylights hammered out of her, and MANY 
station were running WAY too much power.
If I can get an S9 signal back running 5 Watts with modest antennas, why 
oh why do people run so much power the poor bird FM's?
Oh, well......

73, Jim  KQ6EA/K6AA

On 06/25/2012 03:03 AM, tosca005 at umn.edu wrote:
> 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?
>> 73,
>> 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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