[amsat-bb] AO-73 telemetry reception

Steve Kristoff skristof at etczone.com
Sat Mar 28 22:45:04 UTC 2015

I would like to receive the telemetry from AO-73. I have the FUN-Cube Dashboard running. I can hear the telemetry signal on my Yaesu FT290RII set on USB and run through a Signalink USB to my computer. The antenna is a 5/8 wave ground plane on top of my 2 story house.
I can get ground based APRS. I can receive ISS APRS and packet. Occasionally I can even hit AO-07 in mode A.
I have received the AO-73 telemetry once, but nothing since. 
Do I need to use a directional antenna? Maybe it's because I'm only home at night and weekends and the telemetry is at 30 mW during those times? Would a pre-amp help?
All helpful thoughts and ideas are very welcome!

Steve Kristoff AI9IN
Oldenburg IN
skristof at etczone.com

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