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Re: Re: xm-1 satellite as test sig

Hi Wayne,

For background, my setup is based on the Drake 2880 which was modified
by moving the local oscillator to 2100mhz.  This makes the stock IF
passband of the Drake (222 to 408 mhz) cover 2322 to 2508 mhz input.
My IF receiver is an ICOM R7000 wide band all mode scanner, set for
upper sideband.

I found the satellite signal very broad in frequency; tuning +/- 100's
khz or more showed a broad peak with a few dips here and there.  I
forget the exact numbers, but it was clear that tuning wasn't very


Greg  KO6TH

>From: Estes Wayne-W10191 <W10191@motorola.com>
>To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
>Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: xm-1 satellite as test sig
>Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001 10:13:01 -0500
>Greg KO6TH wrote:
>I set my Rx for the 2333mhz frequency (no doppler), and begin sweeping the
>antenna towards the predicted location.  There's a very definite increase 
>the noise floor, and this on a system that cannot hear the Sun at all.  
>is most interesting is listening to the QSB in the noise as the antenna
>I think what I am hearing are the various lobes and sub-lobes in my receive
>pattern.  A systematic sweep, looking at the S-meter, should be able to
>"paint" where the hot spots are.  Either I could use that to aim the
>antenna, or even better, to look at the pattern and get an idea what's 
>(various aberations, and such).
>Wayne W9AE replies:
>Interesting.  I listened for the 2444.54 MHz signal last night at about
>0400Z and I couldn't detect any change in noise level as I swung the
>antennas around.  The satellite was well above the nearby trees.  Just to
>confirm that my receiving system was working, I went to the AO40 S2 middle
>beacon and could hear it 4 to 5 S-units above the noise (MA ~30).
>I guess I can try listening for the 2333.54 MHz signal.  With a 2278 MHz
>L.O. on my downconverter, I should be able to hear it at 55.54 MHz if I 
>the cable to the 6m antenna port of my FT-847.
>Wayne Estes W9AE
>Mundelein, IL, USA
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