[amsat-bb] NO-84 - the investigation continues

Mark Lunday wd4elg at outlook.com
Mon Mar 6 03:53:56 UTC 2017

Making some progress....0335 UTC pass, I decoded the PSK31 beacon AND decoded W5SAT calling CQ.

However, I failed to see my signal on the downlink again.  I am using 65 watts and an inverted L for 160 that tunes for 10 meters.  The thing should be working, I worked several EU stations on 40 meters with just 5 watts tonight, so it's radiating SOMETHING.

I am sending PSK31 with DopplerPSK and then trying with FLDIGI, so it's not the software.

I am getting power out per the wattmeter, so it's not the transmit setup.  EZNEC shows a mostly cloud-warmer type of pattern for the inverted L on 10 meters, with some small gain at lower angles.

Maybe I will try the off-center-fed dipole next.  What are other folks using for antennas on the uplink?

Mark Lunday, WD4ELG
Greensboro, NC  FM06be
wd4elg at arrl.net
SKCC #16439  FISTS #17972

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