[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51
Mark L. Hammond
marklhammond at gmail.com
Thu May 12 05:52:09 PDT 2011
At 08:07 AM 5/12/2011 -0400, Justin Pinnix wrote:
>Congrats on your first contacts!
>I built a handle for the Elk out of PVC pipe. It's long enough (about 4
>feet) so that I can rest one end of it on my hip to carry most of the
>weight. The passes are only 10 minutes or so, so my arm doesn't get too
>tired with the rest of the weight. I call it my 3-axis Armstrong rotor :-)
This is exactly what I do! It works well and keeps things reasonable for a pass. The peice I use might be a tad shorter, but same principle...rest it on hip.
>AO-51 has been having some issues lately, so you'll want to also try out
>AO-27 and SO-50. Just remember that if you don't hear other stations then
>either your receive freq is wrong, volume is turned down, antenna is pointed
>the wrong way, radio is in the wrong mode, or the satellite isn't
>operating. In any of those cases, transmitting will either cause QRM or be
>73 de AJ4MJ
>On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 3:08 AM, Kevin Deane <summit496 at live.com> wrote:
>> I got to talk on the AO-51 today was pretty neat! Sorry for my bad
>> performance, I was using the Elk, handheld for the first time and probably
>> should not practice on that bird. I dont know how you guys do it, my arm was
>> all getting tired, gotta be a better way to do that. Camera tripod or
>> Also I was receiving it on the western pass, but there was no one there.
>> Unless I was picking up something else on that frequency...Is it on all the
>> time now? Will it be on this morning? I thought you guys were turning it on
>> and off?
>> Anyway, thanks to all who do the work, something about talking on the
>> satellite's, I love it every time!
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