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Re: Satellite FIeld Day!



The question always comes to mind "a hundred watts into what?"  the only
watts of meaning are effective radiated power.  We ran the radio at 20 watts
for AO-10, but our EiRP was over 200 Watts.

73,
Joe

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Paige" <kk5do@AMSAT.Org>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, June 25, 2000 10:04 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Satellite FIeld Day!


> a friend said he saw in cq magazine that they were recommending that for
> operating the satellite on fd you need 100 watts. i think that is part of
the
> problem. people making statements like this and then those competing for
> the amsat field day where you can work stations on all the birds, makes
> them very busy.
>
> i stopped working the satellites on field day. i make one contact for the
club
> to get their 100 points and then i make a couple when i get home for me.
>
> i wanted to see on the last pass  of ao-27 just before field day was over
how
> much power these guys were running. i could not be heard with 50 watts. so
> i turned on the linear and slowly raised the power. not even 150 watts
would
> break through. so i am not surprised that those trying for their only
contact
> would not make it with simple radio equipment.
>
> in fact....30 minutes before field day started, there was a pass of uo-14.
i
> took my ht and pryme al-800 antenna and was demonstrating the satellite to
> everyone that was there. those that had ht's were trying to listen on
their
> rubber ducks. it was amazing how much the little bit of gain that antenna
had
> compared to their stock radio antennas. i also made a handful of contacts.
of
> course, would never think of trying my ht and 2 watts during fd
competition.
>
> 73...bruce
>
>
>
>
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