[amsat-bb] FO 29 help

Ted k7trkradio at charter.net
Sat Apr 23 16:04:48 PDT 2011

Thanks to all that offered advice...

I just copied the last pass here on the west side (a 20 degree max for me)
and started the rx at 435.895 and eventually with some manual tuning, heard
WB0KFC and a K6 station chatting. I did not get in as I was scrambling about
tuning ! So, it looks like I will need to put a little tuning effort into
the mix and all will be well.

Again, tnx to all who replied...

Happy Easter

Ted, K7TRK

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Bill Dzurilla
Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2011 1:30 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: FO 29 help

It sounds like you when you are hearing your distorted voice it is some
cross-mod from your own radio rather than a downlink signal from the bird.
I assume you are using a diplexer to split the coax from the Elk to 2m and
70cm, and then running coax to each output on the TS-2000?  The diplexer may
not be providing adequate isolation.

The center of the FO-29 passband is 435.85, not 435.8, so as the bird is
approaching you most of the SSB signals will be at .85 and higher, you need
to tune around.  Signals from this bird are usually quite loud, so there
must be a problem if you are not hearing anybody.  This bird is
under-utilized but there are usually at least a couple of people on.

I am also using an Elk with fixed elevation (12 degrees) and it works great
with my FT-847, can work FO-29 almost to the horizon.

73, Bill NZ5N

> Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 11:08:29 -0700
> From: "Ted" <k7trkradio at charter.net>
> Subject: [amsat-bb]  FO 29 help
> To: "'amsat-bb'" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
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> Good morning,
> Since putting up the Elk on a rotor (fixed el +- 25 deg), I
> decided to try
> some linear birds.
> I have tried FO 29 about 3x but seem to have some issues. I
> am using TS-2000
> in SAT mode with HRD Sat program.
> Up: 145.9  LSB
> Dn: 435.8  USB
> I am clearly able to track the bird with doppler as I can
> hear the CW beacon
> through the entire pass (switching back and forth). I can
> also TX into the
> bird and hear my signal coming back duplex. However, what
> is coming back is
> my voice signal but totally unintelligible. Also, I have
> heard no other
> stations on these passes.
> Am I doing something wrong?
> Tnx for any help

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