[amsat-bb] Re: AO-7 Mode A
k8bl at ameritech.net
Thu Nov 7 09:27:54 PST 2013
Oh yeah, those were fun times on those various Modes. It was funny
sometimes on Mode K when a station on 15M would try responding
directly on 15M instead of via the 10M Uplink! That was a strange
Mode, but I worked several Countries that way that you cannot do
with any Sat or Mode now. The Russians did a great job with those
RS Birds. There were strong signals and fun Modes and simple radios
and simple antennas. Not the case these days.
I remember leaving my XCVR on the 10M Beacon Freq in the Shack
and doing things in another part of the house. When I heard it come on,
I'd go down to the radio and work a half dozen stations per pass. With
simple vertical antennas on 2M & 10M there was no worry about
aiming, tracking, etc. You just got on and worked what you heard.
73, Bob K8BL
From: Owner <npacificmariner at gmail.com>
To: Bob- W7LRD <w7lrd at comcast.net>
Cc: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Sent: Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:38 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AO-7 Mode A
Name Mode(s) Frequencies Beacon(s)
AO-10* B Uplink 435.030 - 435.180 CW/LSB
Downlink 145.975 - 145.825 CW/USB 145.810 CW
RS-10/11* A Uplink 145.865 - 145.905 CW/USB
Downlink 29.360 - 29.400 CW/USB 29.357 CW
T Uplink 21.210 - 21.250 CW/USB
Downlink 29.410 - 29.450 CW/USB
Downlink 145.910 - 145.950 CW/USB 29.408 CW
RS-15* A Uplink 145.858 - 145.898 CW/USB
Downlink 29.354 - 29.394 CW/USB 29.3525 CW
RS-16* A Uplink 145.915 - 145.948 CW/USB
Downlink 29.415 - 29.448 CW/USB 435.504 CW
FO-20 JA Uplink 146.000 - 145.900 CW/LSB
Downlink 435.800 - 435.900 CW/USB 435.795 CW
AO-27* J-FM Uplink 145.850 FM
Downlink 436.800 FM None
FO-29* JA Uplink 146.000 - 145.900 CW/LSB
Downlink 435.800 - 435.900 CW/USB 435.795 CW
MIR Simplex N/A Uplink 145.200 FM
Downlink 145.800 FM
SAFEX Repeater (Mir)* N/A Uplink 435.750 FM subaudible tone 141.3
Downlink 437.950 FM None
SAREX Simplex (Space Shuttle)* N/A Uplink 144.910, 144.93, 144.95 144.97 or 144.99 FM
(Europe Only) Uplink 144.70, 144.75, or 144.80 MHz
(Worldwide) Downlink 145.55 FM None
For reasons I cannot think of, for years I had this stored on my computer and this morning I found it and thought I would share it for sentimental reasons with you all….
These were fun times… we all sure had a good time back then, and I think that we still can, this weekend I am going out to repair my 2m and 432 antennas and am going to again try to be on the ssb transponders if anyone wants to have a go….
On Nov 6, 2013, at 21:52, Bob- W7LRD <w7lrd at comcast.net> wrote:
> my 2 cents...back in the day I had a one wavelength loop looking up, I later added a reflector below it, hence a two element round quad looking up, it was some wire inside some pvc pipe. I would start with a quad beam at low elevation then switch to the "vertical" round quad when the satellite was higher. This was super for RS-15. I wrote an article for the journal years ago about it.
> 73 Bob W7LRD
> From: "John" <npacificmariner at gmail.com>
> To: "Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL" <vlfiscus at mcn.net>
> Cc: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Sent: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 8:15:22 AM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AO-7 Mode A
> When I started, I had a hand me down beat up yaesu ft-221R 2m all mode with an old cb mic with a mag mount antenna and a realistic 10m all mode radio that didn’t transmit and a dipole but almost everyday I was either listening to or working someone on RS-10…. ahhhh the life…. it was so good with those russian leo sats, all you needed was a tickle of a signal to work some folks, now today with a TS-2000LE with 23cm, all I see is that fm sats are always clobbered by over-powered users and transponder HOGS, no room to even try to make a contact, what with everyone in my area trying to over-power each other to have control of what little transponder room there is. What a person wouldn’t give for an “A” mode bird or 2 again…. sure do miss those RS birds, they were so much fun…
> On Nov 6, 2013, at 7:51, Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL <vlfiscus at mcn.net> wrote:
> > At 06:48 PM 11/5/2013 -0800, "R.T.Liddy" <k8bl at ameritech.net> wrote:
> >> I've tried AO7-A a number of times, but there's never anyone there to work.
> >> Back in the glory days of the RS Birds, Mode A was very active. I sure do
> >> miss them. They worked very well!
> >> 73, Bob K8BL
> > I loved the RS satellites. They're what got me hooked. I wish
> > the plan for the next LEO was a new linear mode Mode A bird for
> > a starter satellite not another FM 'Grid-Lock' sat.
> > KB7ADL
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