[amsat-bb] AO-7 Mode A

rsoifer1 at aol.com rsoifer1 at aol.com
Sat Jun 10 19:21:35 UTC 2017

Mode A has always been weaker than Mode B, but with a decent 10-meter antenna it is quite usable.  Many operators access Mode B with a 2-meter beam of some sort, then try to hear Mode A with a dipole or ground-mounted vertical , then complain that they cannot hear it.

There is no substitute for a good 10-meter beam.  A tri-bander usually works too, but check the tuning to see that the SWR isn't too high at 29.5 MHz.  If it is, you may have to re-tune it or even shorten the elements slightly.  If you absolutely cannot put up a beam, your second choice can be a 10-meter ground plane, elevated so it is mounted in the clear.  It has no forward gain of course, but it will give you a low radiation angle, which will help in hearing AO-7 when it is at low elevation which it is most of the time.

With Field Day coming up, a little attention now to your 10-meter antenna will show up in your results later.

73 Ray W2RS

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