[amsat-bb] Re: AO-7 Sounding Great Today!

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Mon Feb 10 16:58:49 PST 2014

I also worked VE3TEF this evening on FO-29 while running 500 mW PEP.
My downlink was S8 on the meter. I had more than 50 degrees of
elevation, so that helps, of course, but it's amazing what so little
power into a small handheld log periodic antenna can do!


Paul, N8HM

On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 4:29 PM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm at arrl.net> wrote:
> On the last pass of AO-7, I was trying out various power levels as it
> was a nearly overhead pass of a maximum elevation of 81 degrees. With
> just 20 degrees of elevation, I heard my downlink at S8 while running
> 500 mW to my Elk. With about 7 dBd of gain at 432 MHz, I estimate my
> EIRP to have been around 4 watts.
> With a feedline of 8 feet of LMR-240, my losses at 432 MHz are very
> low, but it shows you how little power it takes to get a good signal
> from the transponders.
> Thanks to KC7MG and W4VAS for the QSOs on AO-7 at 500 mW PEP.
> 73,
> Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
> Washington, DC (FM18lv)

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