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Re: Listened to mode S on AO-40 first time




I should have patented the "lawn chair" dish mount!  It does work remarkably 
well!  I did get my 15 minutes of fame this month in QST, though.

Fred W0FMS

>From: "Gene Harlan" <atvq@hampubs.com>
>To: "amsat-bb" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>Subject: [amsat-bb] Listened to mode S on AO-40 first time
>Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2002 12:13:15 -0500
>
>Last night I connected the TransSystem downconverter that I got at Dayton
>this year and tested using a 50 MHz oscillator that I built. All checked 
>out
>OK. Then checking the AO-40 schedule, found that I had a little chance this
>morning before I went to work.
>
>Went outside at 7 AM and like others laid the dish in a lawn chair and 
>aimed
>best I could at AO-30. With a 30 degree squint, I did not expect to hear
>anything. I used by Kenwood F6 as a receiver.
>
>I surprised myself, as the beacon was there loud and clear. I also heard a
>little CW and a few people trying to find themselves as they tuned their
>transmitters up and down the band.
>
>Almost ready for Field Day!
>
>Also checked out the 'unmodified' Drake 2880 to see if it was alive. I
>expected, from what I read, to find the 50 MHz oscillator downlink to 120
>MHz. I was convinced there was something wrong until I found it at 125 MHz.
>Is it common to find the Drake at 125 MHz. It is OK with me, just had not
>seen it documented as such.
>
>See you soon on AO-40.
>
>Gene Harlan - WB9MMM
>Harlan Technologies - publisher of
>OSCAR Satellite Report - OSR@hampubs.com
>Amateur Television Quarterly - ATVQ@hampubs.com
>http://www.hampubs.com
>
>
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