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Re: AO40 downlink signal strength



Douglass,

     I am at 45 degrees North and copy the beacon quite regularly.  I have
completed QSOs on the bird as well.  I'm using the "stock" TranSystem
downconverter into an FT-847.

73,
Joe
ka0yos@amsat.org

----- Original Message -----
From: "Douglas Cole" <n7bfs@qwest.net>
To: "Ed Krome" <71611.76@compuserve.com>
Cc: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, May 07, 2001 11:27 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO40 downlink signal strength


> Ed Krome wrote:
> >
> > Message text written by INTERNET:nx7u@arrl.net
> > >
> > Is this an accurate synopsis of the situation?  Is it possible that
> > "easy to get on mode-S downlink" is that suboptimum?
> >
> > I'm not trying to ruffle feathers here, but these thoughts are what so
> > far have paralyzed my efforts to get mode S going.  <
> > -------
> >
> > Don't be paralyzed! My little survey of first day AO40 users yielded a
> > surprising number of unmodified Drakes (~3+ db NF) parked behind
barbeque
> > grill dishes that did just fine. Yes, the UEK3000SAT is a tiger and
there
> > were a few behind tiny 16 turn helix's. But there were a LOT of Drakes,
> > Transystems, DEMI's, homebrews, oddballs, what have you.
> > As the commercial says "just do it".
> >
>
>
> Choice words Ed , my troubles at this point seem to be that whenever the
> 'sat is in "optimum range" , I am in bed or at work :^{
>
> Anybody else in or near my 47'deg.north locale that is actually able to
> hear the beacon ?
>
> I have failed so far with two different drakes and a 60cm dish with a
> commercial feed ( some strange elkhorn shaped pc-board layout ) .....
>
> I hear lots of u-wave oven noise at dinner time and breakfast ( which by
> the way my '847's noise blanker gets rid of completely :)  ) but thats
> about it , I guess its time to build a beacon and stick it on one of the
> local mountaintops for testing ........
>
> --
> Douglas Cole   N7BFS
> AMSAT#26182 , K2 # 544
> http://www.users.qwest.net/~cdoug3
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