[amsat-bb] Re: APRS beaconing on the ISS no luck....
zack.kd8ksn at hotmail.com
Sun May 15 13:11:52 PDT 2011
Sorry I just missed you on AO51 - we will have to try again next time.
Someone was covering you up pretty bad.
I have tried sending packets through the ISS with a stock rubber duck using
my TH-D7A, and it is just about impossible. I have found that you either
need a mobile rig with a higher power output, or you need a higher gain
antenna (Arrow, Elk). Even with the Arrow I still have to try a few times
to successfully send one through. I am not sure how similar the TH-D72A is
to the TH-D7A, but on the D7 a "My Packet" appears and blinks once you have
been digipeated. If you do not see this, you have probably not been
From: Alexander Sack
Sent: Sunday, May 15, 2011 10:21 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] APRS beaconing on the ISS no luck....
I have TH-D72A HT connected to a ANLI AL-800 34" telescoping whip.
This morning there was an almost 90 degree pass over my grid square
(FN20rk). I get loads of packets but for the life of me I can't
beacon myself! :-(
I have my Decay Algorithm off, I have beaconing every 30 seconds (I
even manually beacon by pressing F+[Beacon] as per the Kenwood
manual). I have my beaconing in APRS format.
Is this just not gonna happen on a HT? I have tried 4 times with no
luck (all high elevation passes). Again I see every packet that flies
by (comparing my HT list with that on ariss.net). Very frustrating.
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