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Re: AO40 3 March pass



Yes perigee passes (near) will provide stronger signals than apogee passes
(away) - in addition, squint and satellite spin will also affect your
received signal. Of course satellite spin can be minimized by using a
circularly polarized antenna.

73's

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

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe W2KJ" <w2kj@bellsouth.net>
To: "AMSAT" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 15:24
Subject: [amsat-bb] AO40 3 March pass


> Howdy fellow satelliters:
>
> I was working stations on AO40 today circa MA 169 and noticed
> that the beacon was much stronger than usual and so were
> signals in the AO40 passband.
>
> The beacon was at least 1 S-unit stronger and most signals
> appeared to be at the S8 to S9 level.
>
> I noticed that the bird was about 3-5 thousand miles closer to
> earth than on other passes I had worked and am wondering if
> that made the difference in signal strengths noticed today.
>
> I have only been on the bird for 3 weeks so this may be just
> the ramblings of a newbie.
>
>                                                 73, Joe W2KJ
>
>
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