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Re: AO-10 first contacts last night



And what a good signal you were John 5/5. Terry G1WPR.
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From: <k6yk@juno.com>
To: <ko6th_greg@hotmail.com>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2001 9:06 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO-10 first contacts last night


> HI Greg and the group.
> Happy Thanksgiving Day!
> 
> Your setup is doing pretty darn well on AO-10.  I think many people think
> it 
> takes a real  killer station to work AO-10, but it really doesn't.
> 
> I could always hear AO-10 and AO-13 but never had a transmitter for  435
> or any other 70 CM  CW or SSB.  I guess eventually the desire to get on
> finally
> overtook me and I decided to try something. 
> 
> I Put my  FM rig on 435.100 or so (10 watts with an omni vertical), and
> keyed
> the mike button to see if I could hear my signals coming back.  Beep Beep
> !
> Real weak, but just to hear it at all was amazing to me.
> 
> So  with just an  FT-221R, 12 element beam, no preamp, no elevation
> control, 
> and a Heathkit  HW-24 with 10 watts and omni vertical I was able to
> actually 
> read my own signal, especially on the peaks of the fades.  This was with
> the 
> bird  out around 25,000 KM.  I hooked up a little mobile amp to the
> Heathkit
> and with 50 watts, I actually had a pretty fair readable signal, but only
> could 
> QSY in 5 KC steps.  I called CQ a lot with my "buzzy" sounding CW signal
> and
> answered every station that I could get close to, and made about 10 QSO's
> including Japan!
> 
> Well, that did it!  I got busy and bought a second hand  FT-726R and a
> few
> attachments (final amp, preamps, etc.) and experimented with a few
> different 
> antennas and it was  "Away We Go!".
> 
> 73, 
> John, K6YK
>  
> 
> 
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