[amsat-bb] K1N today

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Wed Feb 11 20:26:33 UTC 2015

1. Certainly

2. I disagree that 5 watts to an Arrow is "not enough for an analog
sat" as I've never run more than that and have over 1,600 QSOs in the
log over the past year and a half on the linear transponder satellites
(including many at elevations of 5-7 degrees to Europe and elsewhere),
but you are right that it likely isn't enough to control a big DX

3. A split is good, but difficult to implement when you are relying on
hearing your own signal.


Paul, N8HM

On Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 10:09 AM,  <RSoifer1 at aol.com> wrote:
> Paul,
> As I see it, at least three things would help the next satellite DXpedition
> 1. As you said, the DX operator should get familiar with satellite
> operating before going on the big DXpedition.
> 2. The DXpedition needs a strong signal to be heard clearly.  5W to an
> Arrow produces maybe 25 W peak EIRP on 145 MHz, and if SSB then no more than
> 5-10 W average.  That's not enough for an analog sat, especially if there are a
> lot of callers.
> 3. The practice of DX stations operating "split" is well established on HF
> but is virtually nonexistent at VHF/UHF, where simplex operation is the
> norm.  Many satellite ops have little or no HF DXing experience.  They need to
> learn.
> Hope this helps.
> 73 Ray W2RS
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