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More AO-40

I haven't had this much fun in a long time!

I got on at 0820 UTC and made my first U/s contact with Clare, VE3NPC. AO-40 
was 57,000 km+ away from me at the time. S downlink was S2-3. I continued to 
make more contacts including several L/s tests. I could clearly hear my 
downlink at 55,000 km. At 51,000 km VE3NPC and I completed an L/s contact on 
both ends. Thanks again Clare! From there on in, it only got better. 

The comment I heard most often was how weak the S downlink was for some 
folks. In these situations, the natural tendency is to increase uplink power. 
Without the benefit of Leila, I'm sure quite a few of us were running too 
much uplink power. BUT, as it took the command team quite a bit of time to 
"learn to fly the s/c" it will take us ops a bit of time to get a good feel 
for Uplinks and Downlinks.

My final tally was 24 contacts including some DX. A great first day! Let's 
hope for many more.

Mike, N1JEZ
AMSAT #29649
Local Area Coordinator
"A closed mouth gathers no feet."
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