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Re: Kenwood D7 and PSCAT2, ISS ?

Thanks to all who replied with additional checks !
It appeared that nothing was wrong in my set-up.

And therefore I gave it another try this afternoon:
- external antenna (2x10 elements)
- external power supply 12V: 5W HF power
First pass  (40 degrees), with ISS only partially over Europe:
successfull both over ISS as well as PCSAT2 !!
2nd pass (90 degress), with whole Eu in the footprint:
no success at all this time (hardly anyone b.t.w.).

Conclusion (for me): successfull contact with ISS using
QRP stations is in Europe mainly limited by the enormous
amount of enthousiastic stations, all trying to connect ...:-)

The PCSAT2 results & pic's are at: http://www.qsl.net/pa3guo, 
click on "ISS APRS" for the ISS results.

73's Henk PA3GUO

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Henk PA3GUO" 
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:09 AM
Subject: Kenwood D7 and PSCAT2, ISS ?

> Dear all,
> In the past I have successfully used my Kenwood D7 for PCSAT-1.
> But for some reason I never got a contact over ISS nor PCSAT2. 
> It receives all packets, but it is not heared by ISS nor PCSAT2.
> I have monitored my own packets, compared them to 
> my TS2000 packets and did not see anything strange. 
> Also it works OK for normal ground APRS though.
> TNC settings: CQ,PCSAT2, 1200 baud
> Antenna: 2x10 element beam
> Power: 5W
> Version: THD7, EU version, Dec 1998 (1st series)
> 1. Is there a detail in the TNC that makes ISS/PCSAT2 deaf for it ?
> 2. Is the uplink power simply not enough for ISS (in the EU) ?
> 3. Anyone in Europe that is able to get over ISS with the D7 ?
> 4. Could it be the group code (I'd say no - its APK001) ?
> Note: another D7, owned by PE1RXJ has the same results.
> Note: Yes - I do compensate for doppler.
> Henk, PA3GUO
> http://www.qsl.net/pa3guo
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