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Re: GRRRRRRRAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHGGGGGGGGG



Could your problem be that the Icom 706MKII doesn't
have 70cm, which is the AO51 downlink?  :)

73s John NE0P

--- "Timothy A. Holmes (W8TAH)"
<w8tah@zoominternet.net> wrote:

> Hi Folks:
> 
> I am experiencing extreme frustration trying to hear
> AO-51
> 
> Let me describe my setup which, I realize is not
> great for satellite 
> work (which is why I'm only trying to hear the
> blasted thing)
> 
> Radio - IC706MKII
> Antenna 5/8 wave Bottom loaded groundplane at about
> 15 feet
> the only pre-amp I have is the one in the radio, and
> the COAX is basic 
> RG -8 i think
> 
> 
> I have been trying off and on to hear AO51 -- even
> just a gradual slight 
> silencing of the static would make me happy just to
> know I can hear it.  
> I mean guys are working the thing with HT's and
> Rubber duckies without 
> any trouble, and I used to use the same antenna to
> listen to UO 14 on my 
> vx5R.
> 
> Last Night about 9:30 or quarter to 10 -- I dont
> have my numbers in 
> front of me, I was listening from 435.290 to 435.310
> during a 69 degree 
> pass here in the cleveland area and I heard nothing.
> My keps are only 
> about 2 days old, I use nova and just had it do an
> automatic download 
> from whereever it defaults to to get them
> (celestrack I think). I didnt 
> see anything on the schedule page about the
> spacecraft being off.
> 
> I really dont know where the problme is.  I had just
> used the radio and 
> antenna system earlier in the night for a net, so I
> know that its all good.
> 
> Please throw some suggestions out here, I know I
> really dont have a 
> prayer of making it into the spacecraft without
> el-az antennas and true 
> full duplex, but I would think that I should be able
> to at least here 
> some of the downlink from it.
> 
> Thanks 
> 
> TIM
> W8TAH
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