[amsat-bb] Re: RS series mode A downlink power

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 17 21:53:18 PDT 2009

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> > At 12:36 PM 9/17/2009, you wrote:
> >>RS10/11 was a wonderful bird, with a high orbit and relatively high
> >>transponder power, it was very easy to work and the coverage was quite
> >>wide. It was a perfect beginner's satellite and a lot of guys got
> >>started in satellite operation with RS-10/11.
> >
> > I loved RS-10, it was my first bird, and one of the best I've ever
> > worked.  ALso, I actually have gear for Mode A SSB/CW, but not the other 
> > modes.
> >

So many satellite operators started on RS-10/11, myself included.  It was just so workable.

Sunspots were on their way out (it was the end of the previous cycle), and my Yaesu 767GX transceiver had a 2m module pushing a whole 10 watts into a homemade copper pipe J-pole for an uplink.  A Radio Shack DX-440 shortwave receiver, connected to a wire strung out to a tree in the back yard, made for a makeshift downlink.  I worked stations across the entire continent with this humble station.  My first contact (from Northern California) was to Arizona; the second was to New York.  How could you not love a satellite like that?  

Greg  KO6TH

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