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Re: RE: Experiment with AMSAT

On Wed, 13 Dec 2000, Eric Archer wrote:

> NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)  is planning to perform 
> propagation tests on model Mars rovers....specifically 401/437 MHz, for 
> communications with Mars orbiters.  This makes amateur pacsats ideal 
> for use as satellites of opportunity to test some candidate rover 
> antennas in an operational  environment similar to what would be 
> expected at Mars. 

Sounds like exactly the experiments we have been conducting daily for the
last 12 months via UO22 and SO35 using a 3/4 wave vertical mobile whip
antenna which has a maximum lobe of almost 8 dBi above 25 degrees.. from
the roof of a car...

Send them to my http://web.usna.navy.mil/~bruninga/astars.html

Look at the antenna stuff near the end.

> Specifically, Layla is looking for two things:
> 1) Looking for hams that are currently or have recently used the 
> pacsats....
> 2) Information regarding EIRP, antenna patterns, tumbling rates, 
> modulating waveform, etc...
> Any help in this exciting area would be appreciated. I'm sure that 
> any  professional papers published  will reference material from 
> amateur sources.
> Eric Archer,  N6CV
> Trustee-W6JPL

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