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Re: AO-10 first contacts last night

I like to read stories like this.  I'll try and jump on tonight and give 
you montana.

73 de KB7ADL

At 09:17 AM 11/20/01 -0800, "Greg D." <ko6th_greg@hotmail.com> wrote:
>Hi folks,
>If you've never thought you could work a high altitude bird, think
>again.  AO-10 may just do it for you.
>Prior to last night, I'd made one contact on AO-13.  Very weak
>signals, with contact made possible to a large extent by the skill and
>equipment of the guy on the other end of the QSO.  Had to do it near
>perigee - anything past about 3,000 km was a lost cause, even for CW.
>Last night I made not one, but three arm-chair SSB QSOs on AO-10, at
>a distance of better than 8,000 km.  Not only could I hear myself, it
>peaked as loud and clear as a local repeater.  Yes, there is a pretty
>deep fade, but even at the bottom I could make out the conversation.
>I would have made more, but the bird entered the Earth's shadow and
>went silen....
>My equipment is *not* your typical "OSCAR Class" stuff - a single
>vertically polarized 8 element yagi for 2 meter receive, and a single
>2x8 element crossed yagi for the 70cm uplink.  No preamps, and I could
>hear myself with as little as 25 watts.  There's also about 60 feet
>of old 9913 cable and 10 feet of RG-8 between the antennas and my
>Yaesu 736R rig.
>If you haven't tried AO-10, now's the time!
>Greg  KO6TH
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