[amsat-bb] Just received UAH ARISS contact - much harder to rx than normal. Arrow antenna problem?

John Brier johnbrier at gmail.com
Fri Feb 19 17:51:42 UTC 2016

It took much longer into the pass to pick up a solid signal and when I got
it, except for the top of the pass I had to aim the antenna perfectly to
get the signal.

The only thing differently about my setup today was I had the 70 cm
elements installed on the boom too because I was using it to work SO-50
recently and didn't have time to take them off.

Could this make the antenna less sensitive on 2 meters? Because that's what
it felt like. Very dissapointing for me since I normally have no trouble
getting the ISS from horizon to horizon.

With that said it sounded like they got through all of their questions and
Tim Kopra got to say goodbye.

In his goodbye he repeated part of his answer to a question, saying one of
the most important things to do to get space was to play nice with others.
He said it wasn't important just in getting to space but also for life in
general. A great message.

Congrats to all involved in this succesful contact, but someone please tell
me why it was so hard for me to receive!

73, John, KG4AKV in FM05

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