[amsat-bb] AO-7 Mode A at 2158Z

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Tue Dec 29 22:11:49 UTC 2015

Yes, thanks for the QSO, Bob. As I said, I had much better signals on a
pass I worked around 1000Z last year. The downside of a 10m downlink is the
signals don't always get through the ionosphere very well!

Glad to get three more Mode A QSOs into the log today. That makes only six
QSOs I've ever made on Mode A. With my portable setup, it's difficult to
manage the two antennas, but I wanted to make a few more QSOs before AO-7
only switches to Mode A when it randomly jumps modes, rather than on a
predictable every other day schedule.


Paul, N8HM

On Tuesday, December 29, 2015, R.T.Liddy <k8bl at ameritech.net> wrote:

> Paul,
> TNX for the AO-7A QSO at 2158Z!
> Very, very weak!!!  Lots of QSB!!
> 73 & HNY,     Bob K8BL
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> *From:* Paul Stoetzer <n8hm at arrl.net
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> *To:* "amsat-bb at amsat.org
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> *Sent:* Tuesday, December 29, 2015 3:19 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [amsat-bb] AO-7 Mode A at 1950Z
> Great to work WB8RJY and KC9ELU on that pass from here in EN82. Heard a few
> other weak signals out there too. Signals were much weaker than when I
> tried this setup from this spot in the middle of the night last year. Of
> course, that's the problem with 10m downlinks when the band is open! I'll
> try the next pass at 2144Z too.
> Apologies for being off frequency. I'm struggling through tuning, holding
> the Arrow, and holding my hand mic since my headset adapter broke a few
> days ago. Luckily a replacement is waiting for me in my mailbox in DC!
> 73,
> Paul, N8HM
> On Tuesday, December 29, 2015, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm at arrl.net
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','n8hm at arrl.net');>> wrote:
> > Good afternoon,
> >
> > I'll be on AO-7 Mode A at 1950Z today looking for a few QSOs. There's
> only
> > a few days left until AO-7 sees daily eclipses for many years to come,
> > meaning the 24 hour timer will not function and the satellite will spend
> a
> > large majority of its time in Mode B.
> >
> > I may also be on the 2144Z pass.
> >
> > 73,
> >
> > Paul, N8HM
> >
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