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Re: Re: Replies to my Oscar-10 query



Make sure that your preamps are installed as close the the antenna feepoints
as possible.  Remember, preamps are a two-edged sword - they will amplify
the good with the bad signals.

Joel
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OM:  Joel B. Black, KS4AW     XYL:  Kristie H. Black, KF4CHN
Eutaw, AL...............EM62bv     kahblack@mindspring.com
AMSAT member #32589
jbblack@mindspring.com
ks4aw@amsat.org
AO-10, AO-27, FO-20, FO-29
----- Original Message -----
From: John P. Toscano <tosca005@tc.umn.edu>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, July 19, 1999 8:22 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Replies to my Oscar-10 query


> Thanks to all of the folks who replied to my query, both here on the
> list and personally.  For the benefit of other newbies who are learning
> from these postings, I will briefly summarize the replies.  Most folks
> felt that my station should be up to the task, assuming that none of
> the details I left out were the culprit.  The most common questions I
> was asked were about preamps and feedline.  Both of my "brick" amps
> also have preamps in them, so I do have extra gain available on the
> receiving end of either band, in addition to the FT-847's built-in
> preamps.  The coax is Times Microwave LMR-400, rated slightly better
> than Belden 9913.  The runs are about 40 feet each.  And the whole
> setup works quite nicely for weak-signal terrestrial work, so I don't
> think I have any major defects there.  Also, I did refrain from
> making any really boneheaded mistakes, like wrong frequencies, old
> Keps, etc.  The most consistent suggestions about why I have had no
> success were (a) lack of control over Oscar 10 means that sometimes
> it is "looking" the wrong way, (b) without elevation of antennas, I
> have to work close to the horizon with a longer path length.  Also,
> several folks cited sources of useful information, but since those
> replies were directed to the whole list, I won't repeat them again.
>
> Once again, thanks for all the tips.  I will keep at it!
> John Toscano, KB0ZEV, EN34js
>
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