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Re: AO-40 MA, ALON/ALAT and squint angle ??

Well you are SPOT on Mike.  I'll take it on faith that one must place a
negative in front of the BLAT and subtract 180 from the BLONG, but surely
we want to know WHY, rather than the antennas are on the other side from
AO13!   We stand the risk of mass confusion changing the old BLONG/BLAT
system used on AO13 unless it is explained well.  Cliff K7RR

On Sun, 31 Dec 2000 Mike73@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 12/31/00 12:24:51 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
> cbuttsch@slonet.org writes:
> > Mike, I just do know the answer to this but let me put it on the BB for
> >  others to comment.  All I know is that the 2401.315 MHz squint angle using
> >  Blat/Blong of 2,260 is so large that we should not be hearing AO-40
> >  telemetry.  Cliff K7RR
> Hi Cliff,
> I've received confirmation that it is indeed -2,80. I bet this may be one of 
> the reasons why you posted you were having such a hard time hearing the 
> telemetry because IT was giving you a misleading squint angle??!?
> I'm researching one last bit of information. I don't know which S band 
> antenna we're currently using! There is a 10 dBi Helix and a 18 dBi dish 
> (both RHCP) on board. These two antennas are dedicated to each of the S band 
> transmitters and can't be switched. (Got that info from Michael, OH2AUE). 
> Once we know which S band antenna we're on, we'll have a lot better idea of 
> what we should be hearing. From my reference material, the helix should have 
> a 3 dB beamwidth of about 64 degrees. The dish should be about 25 degrees.
> Happy New Year!
> 73,
> Mike, N1JEZ
> AMSAT #29649
> Local Area Coordinator
> "A closed mouth gathers no feet."

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