[amsat-bb] Re: KD8KSN/M & a question
tnetcenter at gmail.com
Fri May 13 17:53:54 PDT 2011
I could be wrong, but I suspect a couple of things:
1. The fact that your downlink antenna is always vertically polarized
rather than steered to the polarization of the satellite.
2. The position of the antenna on your vehicle could also have a huge
affect as well as the orientation of the vehicle to the satellite during the
Isn't the FT-350 full duplex capable?
Jeff Moore -- KE7ACY
----- Original Message ----- From: "Zachary Beougher"
<zack.kd8ksn at hotmail.com>
Thanks for the QSO during my few mobile ops the past couple days – and for
your patience. We had three small road trips planned for various reasons
Wednesday-Friday, so it provided a great opportunity to try the mobile
equipment out, find out what combinations work better than others, etc.,
etc., so I can perhaps get on the air a little more while mobile during
vacations and such. I will be uploading all QSOs to LoTW within a day or
so, and if anyone wants a card just email me the QSO details. I did have a
One consistent issue I found while operating is that I could just barely
hear a bird from AOS-TCA, but from TCA-LOS I could hear fine, even down to
10-5 degrees. I am not understanding why I can’t hear one side of the pass,
but I can hear the other fine – almost full quieting with the preamp. I
should also mention that I experienced this issue on AO27 and SO50, not
AO51. I would thinnk it would be a polarization issue, but that still doesn’t
make sense to me. My main setup consisted of:
Uplink: TH-D7A (7w plugged into 12VDC), Comet CA-2x4SR mag for uplink.
Downlink: FTM-350AR, ARR SP432VDG preamp on battery or 12v, Arrow duplexer
(440 side hooked up which solved my desense issues so I could work full
duplex), and a 19” quarter wave mag.
I had posted here about a month or so ago wondering if intermod would be an
issue using a preamp while mobile. I monitored about 7-8 passes over the
past three days while mobile and intermod was never an issue. I did have a
little bit of alternator whine on the FTM-350AR’s receive, but it was very
minimal. That could be solved by running the cables directly to the
battery. Since we were in the family vehicle I just used the cig lighter (I
know that’s not a good idea, but it was only for a couple days).
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