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Re: QRP 1 watt on AO-51 successfully

My usual rig is a Yaesu VX-1R, with 500 mW.  I've worked all the FM 
leos, and also had a QSO with Susan Helms on the ISS a few years back on 
Field Day Sunday.  I estimated the downrange distance at the time to be 
in the area of 700 miles.

My success, and Mark's for sure, is due in some part to our wonderful 
geography, which gives us a clear shot at the birds when they are over 
the North Atlantic and below the horizon for most of our NE US competition.

Still, it's a thrill!

Brent Taylor, VE1JH
Doaktown, NB  FN66
AMSAT Member #33576

Mark Saurman wrote:

> I typically use 1 watt into an arrow handheld to work AO-51, SO-50 and
> AO-27.  It works great most of the time, unless there's a lot of
> traffic/QRM.  It seems at periods like this on the sats with tone
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