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Re: AO40 good CRC Monday



I've been having a devil of a time even hearing AO-40. I think it's perhaps
we're too far North  and the MA doesn't even come close to 240 before it
ducks down over the horizon.

And unless I'm mistaken, I can't see any really good opportunities for at
least a month (of course, as the ALAT continues to come down, this should
change) but at the moment, things look kind of bleak.

Am I wrong? Anyone else in the Northeast  having better luck?

I have and FT-847, both Trans-Systems and DEM downconverters and a 24dbi
grid antenna. One would think that is enough....

Art, N3OY
Columbia, MD, FM19

----- Original Message -----
From: <K5OE@aol.com>
To: <maggie@voicenet.com>
Cc: <k2iyq@vom.com>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2001 5:38 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO40 good CRC Monday


> Hi Maggie.
>
> maggie@voicenet.com writes:
> > You have a preamp on the helix too, don't you?  Or is that barefoot?
>
> Yes, I have a Conifer MMDS preamp, as I was too chicken to try the RF amp
> mod.  It is rated at 10 dB, but my testing indicates it is closer to 6 dB
at
> 2401 MHz.  But (and a big BUT), it has a much lower NF than the bare Drake
> (1.5 v. 5.6).  You can see both the Drake mods ("Drake 2880 Mods") and the
> helix installation ("16-Turn Helix") on my web page:
> http://members.aol.com/k5oe
>
> I have not had the time to test it one-on-one with AO-40, but my
TranSystem
> downconverter appears to have roughly the same performance as the Drake
> w/mods+preamp on local 2.4 GHz ATV and MMDS.
> 73,
> Jerry, K5OE
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