[amsat-bb] XW-2A/C/F Hat Trick
n8hm at arrl.net
Mon May 16 00:27:53 UTC 2016
Nice to hear you on the XW-2s this evening. They are all very good
satellites, though they do suffer from polarity fades. There was quite
a bit of activity on the later passes this evening. It was good to
hear and there's always room for a few more!
On Sun, May 15, 2016 at 8:06 PM, Bob <WB4SON at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I had never tried the Chinese satellites until tonight. I managed to have a
> SSB QSO on each one. My thanks to N8HM, WI9I, and K4RGK for putting up
> with me as I got things dialed in.
> All three birds had a very similar TX offset on my end, about 0.5 KHz high,
> and it was easy to find my signal in the downlink. All three had VERY
> strong signals, but suffered from S9 to in the noise deep/long fades. I'm
> guessing the fading is antenna shading, as the fades were fairly pronounced
> even at the point of closest approach.
> Not many people on the birds, but they are three of the easiest to work.
> Also glad to hear AO-7 still up and kicking tonight.
> I don't think I've ever worked three new (to me) birds in one night before.
> 73, Bob, WB4SON
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