[amsat-bb] Re: Getting back into Sats- current state of affairs

Bob- W7LRD w7lrd at comcast.net
Mon Jun 6 19:48:14 PDT 2011

Hi Tim 

By far the best (in my opinion) is AO-7!  It switches between mode A & B at about 2335Z each 24 hours.  There are  a interesting bunch of "characters" that populate this satellite.  As opposed to the FM sats we can actually have a conversation, in fact 3 or more in a round table as people enter and leave the footprint.  Check out http://www.planetemily.com/ao7/main.php?PHPSESSID=6dd58a40327b312b8178ae739709db09 

 and the log to see what mode it's on.  Keep in mind AO-7 is six years older that you are, and this fine bucket of bolts is like a timex watch.  Follow the guide lines when operating through it.  Your quadra filer helix antennas might be a little iffy, however NL7VX uses omni antennas and I can work him (on the east coast) from Seattle fairly good.  Will look for you. 

73 Bob W7LRD 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tim Goodrich" <tim at timgoodrich.net> 
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Sent: Monday, June 6, 2011 12:28:27 PM 
Subject: [amsat-bb]  Getting back into Sats- current state of affairs 

Hi All, 
It's been a few years since I've posted here, but just bought a Yaesu 736R 
over the weekend and am back to experimenting with the birds. Looking at the 
AMSAT page, it's sad to see how few birds are operational, including the 
once stellar AO-51 and also HO-68 (which I never got to work). 

I did hear VO-52 and the APRS on ISS last night. However, this morning, I 
tried to activate SO-50 during the 9:07PST pass and I didn't hear anything. 
Is there a problem with this bird, is it too weak for me to hear, or was 
there just no activity? I should have been able to hear myself after 
activating it with the tones on full duplex, but didn't. 

K6TW (formerly KI6VBY) 

Yaesu FT-736R 
2m and 70cm homebrew Quadralfilar Helixes, 50ft LMR-400 

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