[amsat-bb] SO-50 Troubles

John Brier johnbrier at gmail.com
Mon Nov 27 17:01:35 UTC 2017

Fwiw, the 10 minute timer resets/shuts off the repeater regardless of
whether it is being used. This seemed odd to me when I learned it, but it
is the case. So what you observed is normal.

73, John Brier KG4AKV

On Nov 27, 2017 10:59, "Scott" <scott23192 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Mike.
> Like everyone else, I was on more than usual over the long holiday
> weekend.  SO-50 did seem a little on the noisy side to me and there seemed
> to be stations that were not in cleanly.  I got in a few times, but at
> other points with plenty of elevation, it didn't seem to hear me w/ 10w to
> roof-mounted antennas on a rotor.
> Also, on at least two of the passes that I can recall this weekend, there
> came a time mid-pass when the satellite went dead quiet.  Wondering if it
> needed to be re-enabled w/ the 74.4 tone, I (and probably others) keyed up
> with that tone for a couple of seconds and a moment later, the contacts
> resumed.
> So, I don't know if any of that is business-as-usual or not.  Just wanted
> to reply with one person's observation.
> 73!
> -Scott,  K4KDR
> ===========================
> On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 9:46 AM, Mike Thompson <zryder94 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Good morning Ladies and Gent's.
> >
> > Tried working SO-50 last night after a few successful contacts on AO-91,
> > and I was having a hard time hitting the bird. I am using a pair of HT's
> > (FT-60 on RX, VX-8 on TX), each connected to their respective elements of
> > my arrow antenna. TX tone was enabled, and I was hearing the bird just
> > fine, but couldn't seem to make it in. Did anyone by chance hear my call
> > sign? I know it's likely far to vague for anyone to give any real
> > suggestions, but I was a bit frustrated with my 2nd recent unsuccessful
> > attempt at working stations on SO-50.
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> > Mike, AE0MT
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