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Re: AO-40 orbit 519

This is interesting as I was testing one of my patch feeds on a small (26") 
dish on Sunday, and the beacon "boomed" in and I heard LEILA dancing all 
over the place loudly and heard no QSOs.  I was wondering if it was the 
small dish and feed not being up to snuff, but I now think it really was 
that quiet over the US.

Does anyone know the current ALON/ALAT?-- the www.amsat-de.de site showed 
this from a week ago with no correction per orbit like normal, so it was 
possible that the squint was worse than I thought.

I do think that my idea of using a brass standoff shorting the center of the 
patch will work.  It appears that the G3RUH patch does this as well.  This 
is what I was testing on Sunday.  Now to get it into work and on a Network 
Analyzer... over Christmas...

Fred W0FMS

>From: Reinhard Richter <dj1km@dj1km.de>
>Reply-To: Reinhard Richter <dj1km@AMSAT.Org>
>To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
>Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-40 orbit 519
>Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 08:59:33 +0000
>Hello all AO-40 users,
>on orbit 519 AO-40 was not silent between MA70 and MA87 and we had a nice
>time window between Europe and USA from 15 to 19 h UTC. I expected to hear
>many many stations from the US because it was sunday daytime, nobody had to
>go to work and even the church will not last very long. So I was checking 
>band, listening for cq calls and calling cq myself. Finally I could work at
>16:22 KE4AZN with whom I made in July his 1st AO-40 contact already.
>It'been nice to meet him again. At 16:34 I worked W3PM and at 17:26 came
>W5UHQ into my log. Further I heard two W7 stations working Europe in CW.
>That was it. May it be that all the many others from which I read in this
>forum that they have finished their AO-40 istallation and are ready to
>operate via AO-40 have already given up because of the coming wintersleep 
>the sat?
>  Reinhard (aka René)
>  DJ1KM
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