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Re: SO50 Over Europe



There's a picture of SO-50 (on the launch ring) along with the other
satellites in the same launch, on my one of WebPages at:

http://kd4app.webhop.org/amsat/depner_launch.htm

SO-50 looks to be maybe 2' cubed.

73's

Don Woodward
KD4APP
AMSAT 33535
kd4app@amsat.org
http://kd4app.webhop.org


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Hooles" <Mikehooles@btinternet.com>
To: "AMSAT" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Saturday, February 08, 2003 04:57
Subject: [amsat-bb] SO50 Over Europe


> Modified my IC821 to U.S. standard to get the 67Hz tone and been playing
> with SO50 this morning.
> I can hear myself out to 2600/2700km, disappearing into the noise as it
goes
> below the horizon. It does not appear to suffer from the UO14 periodic
> fades, although at peak the received signal level is down on UO14.
> The orbit which is somewhat different from UO14/AO27  also gives
potential
> UK - Israel/ Saudi contacts as well as UK- East Coast USA.
> I'm very impressed with its performance and congratulate the guys who
> designed and built it. I get the impression that the receiver works on a
> whisper once you open the 67Hz gate and presumably the satellite is
> stabilised? It begs the question, is it part of a large craft? I missed
the
> early discussions when it was launched.
>
> Regards
> Mike G3LGR
>
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