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Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 07:23:22 +1000



>Between October 4 and October 10, SO-35 will be running parrot mode (see
the
>Sunsat home page for details). For the South Pacific region (and other
>isolated places), this may mean an opportunity for VHF only stations to
work
>a satellite, as I am aware that 70cm is rare among island nations, but 2m
is
>more common.
> 
>SO-35's parrot mode requires only a standard 2m FM transceiver to access,
>and works as a store and forward simplex voice repeater.
> 
>For the VK/ZL passes, coverage will vary depending on the pass, but anyone
>within 5000km of the east coast of Australia, or 2500 km of the west coast
>will get at least one accessible pass. 
> 
>The Sunsat home page ( http://sunsat.ee.sun.ac.za/ham.htm
><http://sunsat.ee.sun.ac.za/ham.htm> ) has the latest details. 
> 
>I also have a page geared towards VK/ZL/P29/Pacific operators at
>http://www.qsl.net/vk3jed/so-35.html <http://www.qsl.net/vk3jed/so-35.html>
>, which includes pass predictions for major centres in the region.
> 
>I'm also going to try and pass the message around via other channels. Hope
>to get some interesting stations on the bird!
> 
>BTW, all parts of the world will get parrot operation during this period.
Tony Langdon. 
Systems Development and Support. 
ATC Training Australasia.  Level 2 321 Exhibition St Melbourne  3000. 
Phone:  1300 13 1983     WWW:  http://www.atctraining.com.au 
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