[amsat-bb] Expectations...

Kelley kshaddrick at jetup.net
Fri Jan 2 17:47:25 UTC 2015

Thanks for the info Clayton. I hope to play around with the Doppler on 
the next pass in a little over an hour. Sometime ago I bought Satpc32 
but have never been successful in setting it up for my single 
IC-760MKIIG. Although I have other CAT programs that work fine with the 
radio, I can never seem to get that one to work. Seems like it would be 
a good one to do the Doppler shift with. Any thoughts on how to set this 
up? Or is one better off doing it manually?


Kelley - WØRK

On 1/2/2015 12:10 AM, Clayton Coleman wrote:
> The #1 thing I've noticed is how much more important it is to tune for 
> Doppler shift than when the ISS was using the Kenwood radio.
> I've done several tests decoding packets using my Kenwood TM-D700 
> which has 5 kHz tuning steps common on most 2m FM radios and then 
> compared results to my Yaesu FT-857D which has much finer incremental 
> tuning.
> In the past, I could decode most of a pass simply staying on 145.825 
> MHz.  Nowadays, I start decoding around 145.828 and usually by LOS I'm 
> decoding near 145.822.
> With the smaller tuning steps of the FT-857D I am able to decode about 
> 30% more packets than my TM-D700.
> Simply put, in the past a fixed station could stay on 145.825 MHz with 
> great results. Today, not so much.
> 73
> Clayton
> On Jan 1, 2015 9:10 PM, "Kelley" <kshaddrick at jetup.net 
> <mailto:kshaddrick at jetup.net>> wrote:
>     I put up a new antenna for ISS work today. It's a home-built 2m
>     turnstile with reflectors. Numbers wise (SWR, etc., as read on a
>     MFJ analyzer) the antenna is working. I used the antenna a bit on
>     APRS and was able to hear stations and be heard by stations.
>     I listened to the ISS for 3 passes earlier today. On the first 2
>     passes I heard a number of stations, but was unable to digi via
>     the ISS. On the third pass (about 40 degrees elevation at max and
>     to the south), I was able to digi via the ISS (sorry if I have the
>     terminology wrong here, I'm somewhat new at this).
>     My question is, how often should I be able to digi via the ISS? Is
>     it unusual to not be able to on a given pass (all 3 passes were
>     higher elevation passes)? I know there are collisions and QRM
>     involved and someone wins out. I don't have the best station
>     (IC-706MKIIG and a turnstile antenna), I'm sure this plays a part.
>     Curious what others have experienced.
>     Thanks,
>     -- 
>     Kelley - WØRK
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