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Re: AO-51 V/S success



THAT is what satellite operations are all about :)

Congrats on your first satellite communication, Andrew!  
Best of luck with thousands more...I hope you're hooked!!!


73,

Mark N8MH
> 
> From: Andrew Harris <andrew.unit@gmail.com>
> Date: 2005/05/23 Mon PM 12:44:12 EDT
> To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
> Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-51 V/S success
> 
> Hi -
> 
>    This is KB9OOH; well, I had my first contact(s) on V/S on AO-51
> today!  Not only were they my first V/S contacts, but they were my
> first ever satellite contacts!
> 
>    Unfortunately, because of my "setup" (i.e. no hands free!), I
> wasn't able to write down the call-signs of those I attempted to
> contact...  Hopefully I'll hear from them here on this mailing list.
> 
>    Anyway, I was using my new G3RUH 60cm dish and keps dual band
> selectable downconverter (I had it on UHF mode).  I also built a box
> to put 12vdc on the coaxial cable that Mark Hammond helped me with
> (along with the thousand other questions of mine he answered).  On the
> receive side I was using my kenwood d7g and on the transmit side my
> venerable htx-202.
> 
>    A friend of mine was manning the laptop running PREDICT that boots
> from two floppies and was also adjusting for doppler on the receive. 
> We both had headphones on so we could both here the downlink.  I had
> some "tripod trouble" and ended up holding the dish and VHF antennae
> by hand and had my htx-202 in the cargo pocket of my pants with a
> little mic/speaker combo clipped to my shirt.
> 
>    I almost dropped everything when I heard someone responding!
> 
> -andrew
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Mark L. Hammond    [N8MH]
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