[amsat-bb] Re: A viable FD satellite operation

Philip Jenkins n4hf.philip at gmail.com
Tue May 21 19:06:08 PDT 2013

There's also an article in the June QST which answered a lot of my
questions about setting up for and operating sats on Field Day.

Philip N4HF

On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM, Bill W1PA <w1pa at hotmail.com> wrote:

> I may set up a Field Day satellite station for our local club. I haven't
> done
> this in a while.... my last experience with a non-FM bird was AO-40.
> I'd like to avoid the futility of the FM LEO's on FD, and look to the
> working passband birds, which I understand are AO-7, FO-29, and VO-52.
> I have at my disposal a FT-847, an Arrow satellite antenna (V/U), and if
> needed,
> various preamps and poweramps for 2m and 432, as well as antennas with
> more elements.
> I also have a Ten Tec 2510 satellite unit that does not have the "extra
> crystal board",
> which I understand makes it a non-starter for the 3 birds I mentioned.
> For those of you experienced with the bandpass birds, assuming an outdoor,
> clear sky access location, what should I bring? (i.e. will the FT-847
> stock amp be sufficient?
> How many elements do I need for uplink? pre-amp for downlink? etc)
> I also may only be able to work overnight (in darkness) -- that rules out
> AO-7, correct?
> Bill W1PA
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