[amsat-bb] Re: SO-50
Bernie and Cheryl
hamdan at ix.netcom.com
Sat Nov 9 21:59:52 PST 2013
I didn't realize that it's downlink was only 250mw. No wonder.
I don't think AO-51 had a constant carrier. But it seemed that way
sometimes. And, it frequently got my receiver to full quieting,
while SO-50 almost never does that.
One reason why I was asking is that I have been working up to getting
back on the FM birds via a handheld. I have a place in the mountains
in DN60, and I suspect that's much more rare than my home QTH grid
(DM 79). I was thinking of operating handheld from there, and activating it.
Thanks for your answer. I really appreciate it.
73 de Bernie, KF0QS
At 10:37 PM 11/9/2013, Paul Stoetzer wrote:
>It's got a weaker downlink. I don't think the receiver is any less
>sensitive than the other birds, but since it's only running 250 mW,
>it's harder to hear.
>The other issue is that SO-50 doesn't transmit a constant carrier
>like AO-27 did (did AO-51? I never operated through it), so it
>doesn't sound as "smooth" during a pass.
>In case you missed it, the control operators are working on
>recovering AO-27, so lets hope they are successful. I listened to
>the packet tones as they commanded it during a pass this afternoon
>and the transmitter sounded good. Nice strong signal.
>I too prefer the linear birds, but since there are lots of grids
>where hams only have FM equipment, it'd be nice to get AO-27 back to
>tide us over until Fox-1 launches next year.
>Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
>On Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM, Bernie and Cheryl
><<mailto:hamdan at ix.netcom.com>hamdan at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
>Is it just me or is SO-50 not quite as easy a bird to work as AO-27
>or AO-51 were? I actually prefer working the SSB/CW birds, so I
>don't have as much experience on the FM sats. That's why I'm
>asking. Even though I'm able to make a few contacts on SO-50 every
>pass I am on, it seems like everyone has a harder time getting
>in. It seems there are few times that people seem to get into the
>bird full quieting, even without other stations competing for access.
>Thanks and 73 de Bernie, KF0QS
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