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promoting -- AO-10 in 'LEO mode' tonight



   If you like DX, try AO-10.   This weekend there are a couple of really good 
   openings to Europe where the bird will only be 7,000 - 20,000 km out.  
   Unfortunately, it is at 0800 on Sat. and 0700 on Sun. for about an hour each. 
   BUT, it will be mid-morning in Europe and the sat will be close to them 
   also.  You don't need an "OSCAR class" station to work AO-10 near perigee.  
   Try it.

It looks like AO-10 will be in 'LEO mode' tonight around midnight PDT
and about an hour earlier on Thursday.  The 'Loss' listed is comparable
to FO-20, which i can work in Mode J.  I probably have enough uplink
power, but i don't know if i have enough gain to hear it, as i'm
optimized for Mode J (and there seem to be ALOT of 2 meter 'birdies'
around here).  But i'll give it a try.

Others who've never worked AO-10 might also want to see if they can 
hear anything tonight.
				-- KD6PAG

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KD6PAG SatTrack V3.1 Orbit Prediction

Satellite #14129  : AO-10 (OSCAR 10)
Data File         : tlex.dat
Element Set Number: 594 (Orbit 9463)
Element Set Epoch : 02Oct99  15:06:15.703 UTC   (11.2 days ago)
Orbit Geometry    : 4004.91 km x 35447.61 km at 27.190 deg
Propagation Model : TLE Mean
Ground Station    : Berkeley (SSL), CA, USA   ---   CM87VV
Time Zone         : UTC (+0.00 h)
Downlink Frequency: 145.9000 MHz


Thu  14Oct99  ---  Orbit 9487

   UTC    Azimuth  Elev    Range  Sun Ang  Doppler  Loss  Phs Md V
           [deg]  [deg]     [km]    [deg]   [kHz]   [dB]

06:48:18   190.0    9.7   7228.2     56.8   +1.39  152.9  255  B N
06:53:18   174.3   17.3   6562.3     43.6   +0.73  152.1    1  B N
06:58:18   155.0   23.1   6363.0     34.7   -0.09  151.8    3  B N
07:03:18   135.1   25.2   6664.9     35.9   -0.86  152.2    5  B N
07:08:18   118.1   24.0   7379.1     44.3   -1.42  153.1    6  B N
07:13:18   105.2   21.1   8364.3     54.0   -1.75  154.2    8  B V
07:18:18    95.8   17.7   9500.0     62.8   -1.92  155.3   10  B V
07:23:18    89.0   14.4  10706.5     70.3   -1.98  156.3   12  B V
07:28:18    83.9   11.4  11935.6     76.6   -2.00  157.3   14  B V
07:33:18    80.0    8.8  13159.8     82.1   -1.97  158.1   16  B V
07:38:18    77.0    6.5  14363.4     86.8   -1.93  158.9   17  B V

Fri  15Oct99  ---  Orbit 9489

   UTC    Azimuth  Elev    Range  Sun Ang  Doppler  Loss  Phs Md V
           [deg]  [deg]     [km]    [deg]   [kHz]   [dB]

06:02:59   188.4    5.3   7858.1     65.4   +1.51  153.6  254  B V
06:07:59   174.1   11.1   7083.4     52.3   +0.97  152.7  255  B N
06:12:59   156.6   15.8   6708.2     40.6   +0.23  152.3    1  B N
06:17:59   137.8   18.0   6809.7     35.4   -0.55  152.4    3  B N
06:22:59   120.6   17.4   7353.9     39.3   -1.18  153.1    5  B N
06:27:59   106.9   15.0   8223.7     47.6   -1.60  154.0    7  B N
06:32:59    96.5   11.9   9293.5     56.3   -1.84  155.1    9  B V
06:37:59    88.7    8.8  10468.6     64.1   -1.96  156.1   10  B V
06:42:59    82.8    5.9  11688.7     70.8   -1.99  157.1   12  B V

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