[amsat-bb] SO-50 dropout?

Bill Attwood whattwood at gmail.com
Tue Apr 21 18:53:56 UTC 2015

It could just be the 10 minute timer, and waiting for someone to 
transmit with a 74.4 PL tone to re-arm. I experience that regularly up 
here in the north as the pass goes beyond the 49th parallel!

Bill VE6WK

On 2015-04-21 12:47 PM, Bill ACITO, W1PA wrote:
> I took a couple month hiatus over the winter (since I was under 10 ft of snow), and now I’m back working SO-50 from work, and ramping up on the linear birds in the evening.
> On the last two SO-50 passes I worked (one “overhead” Saturday night, and one at 25deg an hour ago) the bird dropped out about mid-pass. I don’t remember this happening before. I use an FT530, 432-pre-amp, and Arrow antenna. With clear sky, SO-50 is pretty much full-scale.
> Is this antenna shielding on the bird by the bird (it has a 1/4 whip on one corner, correct)? How fast does SO-50 tumble?  I am losing the 2nd half of the passes, and I don’t remember it doing that before.
> Bill   W1PA
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