[amsat-bb] Expectations...

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Fri Jan 2 03:51:23 UTC 2015

Hi Kelley,

> On the third pass (about 40 degrees elevation at max and to 
> the south), I was able to digi via the ISS ...

I "saw" you on that pass along with myself a couple of others at about that time:

K9JKM]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,KA3HSW-5:=4211.29N/08827.08W-Greetings :-)
W0RK]CQ,RS0ISS*,qAR,KA3HSW-5:Hello from Rice, MN

I use a Yaesu FT-857D and a 3 element 2 meter yagi at 20° fixed elevation on a TV rotor. Getting through the ISS digi is sometimes spotty if you have a modest antenna and power. The lower power of Ericsson HT and current antenna on the ISS result in shadowing of the spacecraft structure. Some passes work better than others depending on the ISS relative position in the sky at your QTH.

The higher power Kenwood rig and different antenna in the Russian segment was used for the SSTV transmissions last week. My small yagi received those signals fine business if I was within 45° azimuth.

73 de JoAnne K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat.org
AMSAT VP User Services

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