[amsat-bb] Re: AO-73 question

Todd Bloomingdale tbloomingdale at gmail.com
Mon Jan 20 13:34:56 PST 2014

Ok. Yes Sorry was typing my phone. Yes I was talking about SSB. I have an
HF all mode, but don't have 2 meter or 70 cm on that radio. I have a couple
 FM baofengs HT's. So guess I use them for SO-50. Ive been doing some
reading and thinking of getting a USB dongle. Ive been reading on the
funcube dongles, but not in my budget right not, but was looking at these
cheap dongles. Will they work for AO-73 and other satellites?

Todd Bloomingdale- KC9LOX
Tomah, WI

On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 2:38 PM, Patrick STODDARD <patrick at wd9ewk.net>wrote:

> Todd,
> If you were meaning to type SSB for the type of signals
> transmitted from AO-73, then yes - you will need a radio
> capable of SSB reception to copy anything from AO-73 -
> telemetry or transponder.  If you have access to a
> Kenwood TH-F6A HT, this radio has an all-mode receiver
> which may be sufficient for copying the telemetry and
> the transponder from AO-73.  For the telemetry, you would
> patch the speaker audio from the radio into the mic jack
> on a PC running the FUNcube Dashboard software from the
> www.funcube.org.uk web site, and set the radio around
> 145.935 MHz USB (probably start closer to 145.938 MHz
> at the start of a pass, and end up around 145.932 MHz
> near the end of the pass).  Make sure the radio you use
> has small tuning steps, and be ready to tune down during
> the pass.
> The daytime passes are the easiest to copy telemetry, as
> the transponder is off at that time.  The telemetry is still
> on at night, but at 1/10 the power level that is used for
> the daytime passes (30mW downlink at night, compared to 300mW
> in daylight) to allow for the transponder to operate.  The
> transponder transmits at 300mW across its 20 kHz passband,
> betwen 145.950 and 145.970 MHz - use USB for best performance
> when listening to the transponder.  You can see some slideshow
> videos of me working the AO-73 transponder, using different
> radios as the receiver, on my YouTube channel:
> http://www.youtube.com/va7ewk
> Hope that helps.  73!
> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
> http://www.wd9ewk.net/
> On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM, Todd Bloomingdale <
> tbloomingdale at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm interested in trying to receive the AO-73 telemetry. Currently, I'm
>> not
>> able to SB, so I know that the transponder is out of question for me. But
>> is a SB radio needed for the telemetry?
>> Todd Bloomingdale- KC9LOX
>> Tomah, WI
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