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RS-12 now in Mode T





Regarding the message below, I also worked K7ZL last night
on RS12 in mode T. It is still on Mode T today. WHERE IS 
EVERYBODY?????  The signal is so much better on the 2
meter downlink than 10!  Nobody is around. This morning
Al, XE2YVW and myself had the whole downlink to ourselves.
We went and CQ'd some more with no results and so we 
had another QSO until the bird went out of range.
There were some Europeans coming through very well this
morning also, HB9, DK, IT9, etc. but they are oblivious
to the fact that they are coming through the bird.
The next pass, there was only myself and K6CUY.  The pass
of FO-20 around 1500z today (23rd) was basically the
same way. Myself CQ'ing all the whole pass with no answer.
Heard one station sending a few dots once, that was it.

I hope everybody isn't spending their spare time griping
and whining on this mailing list instead of hamming!

73,
John, K6YK


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From: "Peter A. Klein" <pklein@2alpha.net>

>From Seattle, Washington, CN87, 23 Sept 1998, 0431-0448 UTC pass of
RS-12:

The satellite appeared to be in Mode T, 15m up, 2m down, as reported
earlier by John, K6YK.  The 10m beacon was not audible.  Signals were
great
on the 2m downlink.  I was loud as the beacon with 15 watts to a vertical
up.

I observed some interesting propagation effects.  I had one QSO, with
K7ZL
in Eugene, OR.  I didn't hear anybody else who was on the satellite
*intentionally*.  But I did hear a Japanese station talking to a Chinese
station, and a New Zealander talking to a fellow in Alaska.  I could not
hear either station on 15m using my vertical.  But the satellite heard
'em
just fine on 15m, and relayed them down beautifully.  

Nice to hear trans-Pacific DX on a LEO satellite--I can dream, can't I?
:-)   Anyway, this bodes well for those of us who also play with the
ionosphere on HF.

73 from KD7MW
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