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Re: It can be done..

I was hearing you and OK1DIG at the same time here in Texas.  In
the last several weeks I've also heard SM and GW.  Where are you
located?  I may be too far south to get in but last week I was still
hearing the beacon as the bird crossed over Russia and then
the Iranian border.

Perhaps 2 orbit qso's could be made with the Europeans listening before
rs13 rises with the North Americans calling.  Then they could answer after
the bird rises there.  Acknowledgments on the next pass!  Probably a lot
more solid QSO than some of the meteor scatter and EME stuff!

Richard Allen W5SXD

Frank A Cahoy wrote:

> Greetings to all,
> I have had this hope of one day working a European station via RS-12/13.
> I'm much too far west in the U.S. to have an actual window.  This was my
> lucky day (Jan. 26, 2000).  I had the day off and was listening to the
> 1800 UTC pass of RS-13 and found quite a number of DX stations within the
> 10 m. down link.  I continued to listen after LOS at my QTH (DN-81).  The
> beacon continued to be quite readeable but at about three minutes past
> LOS there was a sudden, very strong peak in signal from the beacon.  I
> called a CW CQ  RS-13 on 21.265 and I was answered by OK1DIG.  His signal
> was quite readeable when I first heard his return call.  However, it
> faded fast as the bird slipped toward Eastern Europe. I copied his grid
> locator as JO-60xp which looks legit for the Czech Republic.  This is one
> DX station which will get my card direct.  On the next pass of 1930 UTC
> the progagation was quite similar but it appeared that I wasn't getting
> much of a signal into the bird.  However, I did hear GM3JSX and OK1DIG
> again.  There was also an SP calling CQ but by that time the bird was at
> -25 degrees and fading rapidly.  Another interesting thing was the fact
> that the beacon was not copyable before AOS until the bird was at about
> -8 degrees.
> The thread has been floating around the BB recently about whether RS-13
> will play for DX QSOs.  I can confirm that it does happen.  I've been an
> HF DXer since 1960 but this QSO, via satellite, was as meaninful as any
> I've ever made.  It's always interesting to read of the possibilities
> present, however it's much different when one actually experiences such a
> happening.
> Thanks for the bandwidth.  Has anyone else had similar QSOs with just 100
> watts and a TH-5 Tri-Bander using Mode K with a single xcvr?  Id
> certainly like to swap info and ideas with you.
> 73  Frank, K0BLT
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