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Re: YES!!!!! ALPHA ON A HAND HELD!!!!



----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Walls <k6ccc@earthlink.net>
To: Jon Ogden <na9d@mindspring.com>
Cc: amsat-bb@amsat.org <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, November 05, 2000 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] YES!!!!! ALPHA ON A HAND HELD!!!!


> Bob Bruninga wrote:
> > Yes, we were routinely doing handheld-to-handheld packet comms with MIR
> > back when it was on 2 meters.  This shows the 9 dB advantage of 2 meters
> > to omni antennas over UHF...  ALso, of course, ISS is running probably
10
> > watts or  more compared to the usual amateur satellite that is running a
> > watt or so...
>
> Then Jon Ogden - NA9D replied:
>
> > ISS is also at a much, much lower altitude.  About 200 miles or so.
Most of
> > the LEOs are somewhere around 500 to 600 miles - about twice the
distance.
>
> Better check you facts Jon.  MIR and the ISS are at about the same
altitude.
> Moments ago (in preperation for this note), MIR was at 336 KM and Alpha at
351
> KM.  Both altitudes determined using Nova for Windows and the elements
AMSAT-NA
> sent out a day or two ago.  Both manned stations are lower than the most
of the
> LEO satellites however

I think Bob meant that the ISS is much lower than the LEO amateur
satellites; specifically the microsats.

73, Ken N2WWD



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