[amsat-bb] Is it me?

Rick Tejera saguaroastro at cox.net
Tue Mar 29 03:41:42 UTC 2016



While planning upgrades to the shack, I've decided to try my hand at the
linear birds again, taking myb TS-2000 outside and operating Semi portable.
So far it has been a lesson in frustration. I've yet to find my downlink.
Tonight I tried to get on XW-2C on the 0100UT pass which was 70 degrees from


First let me describe how I set up. (I finally solved the memory storage
issue I wrote about a few weeks ago). basically it's just the radio into an
ELK on my equatorial tripod mount and the laptop (Still waiting for the
USB-->Serial converter to get SATPC 32 talking to the radio).

So I started at the center of the passband and using the doppler corrections
in SAtPC, tuned the UHF uplink down to where Sat POC said it would hear at
the sat and moved around bit trying to hear myself. Kept adjusting the
uplink and also played with the other way Calling CQ on the uplink and
moving the downlink trying to find myself.self Didn't hear jack the whole


I did record the pass and thought I might have heard myself, but it was toow
eak to discern my call or grid, (though it did kinda sound like me).


So, I guess I have two questions:


1) Is my methodology correct? if not what am I doing wrong?

2) Did anyone hear me? 


I'm hoping once I get the Cable and SATPC talking to the radio, it might
make it easier,  but I think knowing how to do this manually should be
skillset i should have.


Thanks in advance.  



Rick Tejera (K7TEJ)

Saguaro Astronomy Club


Thunderbird Radio Club



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