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RE: Bounce your signal off Mir (passive satellite)

Hello Bob

I tried to listen to the Navy radar a few months ago here in Paris when I discovered their nice WEB site.
I used  a broadband log periodic antenna (theoretical gain 6 to 7 dB, see description in a recent Amsat journal issue) connected to an ICOM IC-PCR 1000. Unfortunately, the receiver generates a huge "birdie" right on the 216,98 MHz frequency ! Bad luck ...


Jean-Louis F6AGR

> -----Message d'origine-----
> De: Bob Bruninga [mailto:bruninga@nadn.navy.mil]
> Date: vendredi 21 janvier 2000 17:13
> A: Jean-Louis.RAULT@tcc.thomson-csf.com
> Cc: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
> Objet: RE: [amsat-bb] Bounce your signal off Mir (passive satellite)
> On 21 Jan 2000 Jean-Louis.RAULT@tcc.thomson-csf.com wrote:
> > I have been trying "MIR bouncing" for more than one year 
> now, but with no
> > success at all. For theses tests, I'm trying to listen to 
> the VHF transmissions
> > of a french VHF transatlantic test beacon which beaming west.
> In the USA, anyone should be able to hear the reflection from the Navy
> Space Surveillance 80? megaW transmitter in texas on 216.98 
> MHz.  When any
> Satellite passes through the great-circle line passing 
> through North texas
> on a 271.5-91.5 degree azimuth, you should hear a ping.  THis subject
> comes up regularly here on AMSAT and there are many hams who regularly
> hear pings.  (Not me.  I have not tried)...
> The location of the main transmitter is at 33.5N and 99.3W.  
> Just use your
> favorite space tracking program and use that as your location.  THen,
> whenever a satellite passes over 271.5 or 91.5 deg azimuth, you should
> hear a ping (if you point your 217 MHz antenna in the direction of the
> satellite from *you*...
> de WB4APR, Bob
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