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Re: RS-12 Mode A - Wow!



Rip,

Your right, bird seems to be working real good.  Glad to meet you earlier on
it and hopefully here in a few minutes on it again for a longer QSO.

73s KE4AZN

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rip Smith" <rip.smith@mindspring.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2001 8:09 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] RS-12 Mode A - Wow!


> Greetings,
>
> I wanted to share my fun with the group - I just made my first satellite
> contacts in many years on RS-12 Mode A.
>
> I received the 10-meter downlink on a dipole in the attic, and used a
> dual-band Diamond X-50 vertical for the uplink - also in the attic.
>
> The first surprise was that the beacon on 29.408 was right there within a
> minute of when Instant Track said it would be. Other satellites I have
> listened to here usually have to be well above the horizon before I can
> hear them at all.
>
> The second surprise was when I could clearly hear my CW signal on the
> downlink by the time the bird was up about 10 or 12 degrees.
>
> Anyway, two passes later I had worked 7 stations - two on SSB, and one of
> those also had indoor antennas!
>
> I know that it's not as glamorous as a high orbit bird with a big antenna
> system that tracks automatically by computer, but I'm excited!
>
> I'll be working up some improved antennas for portable operation when the
> weather gets warmer and in the meantime, I will be talking it up at my
> radio club and encouraging people to give it a try.
>
> It's the kind of excitement that will bring new people into the satellite
> community and will bring people like me back into it after a long period
of
> inactivity.
>
> I'm also looking forward to taking a crack at some of the other birds, and
> eventually AO-40, but for pure fun, I hope RS-12 stays healthy in mode A
> for a long time.
>
> 73 de K3XO
> Rip
>
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