[amsat-bb] SO-50 and Yuri UT1FG

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Fri Mar 20 13:12:17 UTC 2015

He seems to do well between about 5 and 25 degrees of elevation on
SO-50, but not when the satellite is to his stern due to an
obstruction on the ship in that direction. I imagine the polarity
fades are bad. Plus he is not full-duplex.

The good thing is that he has a very clear horizon and probably not
much RF noise to contend with.

The pileups are getting tough for me here in Washington, DC. I was
able to clean up when he was out in the Atlantic, but now I'm at a big


Paul, N8HM

On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 8:28 AM, Kevin M via AMSAT-BB
<amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:
> "Perhaps Yuri has some equipment issue on SO-50?" Yuri always has difficulty hearing on SO-50... He's running an Elk antenna, and I'm fairly sure it's at a fixed elevation. Between that, no preamp and feedline loss, I am surprised he can hear SO-50 at all! When I had up a 7 element fixed elevation yagi and about 60 feet of feedline, I could work FO-29 pretty well, but could barely hear SO-50... I could copy the downlink better sitting in my shack chair holding an HT with a CJU mounted on top of it than with my former mounted antennas.
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