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RE: AMSAT-BB-digest V2004 #1031

Regards the message below, Being wehere I am, and what I've seen, a further 
clarification would be, you only need that high power stuff if you're in the 
USA or Europe, everwhere else, a Handy is fine.
Kevin, VK3UKF

>Message: 20
>Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 12:01:37 -0700
>From: "Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)" <amsat-bb@wd9ewk.net>
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] ISS Repeater
>I saw the following in an earlier message:
> > Power.
> > For 2-meters, try ERP of 25+ watts or more. HT's only
> > work from Mount Everest, Hawaii, South pacific, Mid
> > atlantic etc.  The closer you are to a big city, the
> > more power you need. Close means a city closer than
> > 500 miles
>If the power comment stopped with the first sentence, that
>would be valid.  More ERP, through higher power output from
>the radio (or radio with amp), better antenna, or a combination
>of both is probably the better way to go.  However, discounting
>HTs as only being useful from those far-off places is a broad -
>and, in my opinion, invalid - comment.
>Sure, if you are near a big city or you're trying to work the
>ISS during a pass over areas with lots of hams trying to make
>a contact at the same time, the HT is a tough way to go - but
>*not* impossible.  Operator skill, timing, and a little luck can
>sometimes overcome the limitations of a station with low power
>and less-than-optimal antennas.  I have only tried one time to
>talk with the ISS when there has been voice activity on the
>145.800 frequency, and was successful in that single attempt
>(1 December 2005) after reading about Bill McArthur's activity
>in late November.  My station for that QSO:  Icom IC-T7H HT
>(6 watts output), Maldol AH-510R 6m/2m/70cm telescoping
>whip.  I was standing outside my office in downtown Phoenix.
>Am I trying to ignore the premise of WF1F's message?  No.
>It's full of useful information.  I'm not saying that an HT will work
>every time when trying to contact the ISS.  I may never talk to
>the ISS again unless I have a better station at my disposal.
>Will I try again with an HT in the future?  Probably.  It's part of
>the fun, the challenge... just like trying to crack the pileup for
>an HF DXpedition station when operating with the proverbial
>"100 watts and a (dipole or vertical)" station - or QRP with a
>wire up a tree - going up against those with more power and
>better antennas.  You never know what will happen unless
>you give it a try.
>For what it's worth, I had only made connections to the packet
>system on Mir in 1996-97, and before last month had only 3
>satellite QSOs in my log (2 in 2000 through SO-35, 1 in 2003
>through UO-14).  I had been listening to AO-51 passes and ISS
>school QSOs for the past few months, plus the ISS cross-band
>repeater activity in late July.  I wanted to listen and learn how to
>deal with Doppler shift on 70cm receive, and hear how things
>were done on AO-51 before I ever transmitted through it.  After
>making my ISS QSO, I dusted off my IC-W32A (rarely used in
>the past year or so) and Arrow Antennas handheld 2m/70cm
>Yagi (never used it in the year or so I've had it) and decided to
>finally make a serious effort at working the ham satellites.  I've
>stuck with just the FM satellites lately, making just over 200 QSOs
>in about 3 weeks through AO-27, SO-50, AO-51, and the ISS
>cross-band repeater.  Most of the time, I work daytime passes
>from outside my office, and some evening/weekend passes from
>home or a nearby city park.  I mostly use the Arrow Yagi, but have
>occasionally gone back to the telescoping whips (the AH-510R I
>used for the ISS QSO, and the AL-800 whip that others have used
>with success) and - once - a Diamond RH77CA  long duckie.  I will
>try the 2m SSB uplink on AO-51 next week, and I have an S-band
>downconverter at home I'm interested in trying out the next time
>AO-51 has its S-band downlink turned on.
>I've been an AMSAT member for a few years, because I have
>enjoyed reading and learning about this corner of our hobby - even
>if I had little interest in using the satellites until recently.  Now I'm
>enjoying this corner of our hobby!  AO-51, in particular, is a great
>way to learn about different facets of ham satellites and getting
>ready for P3E and Eagle when those are launched in the future.
>I don't know what the future will hold for me with the ham satellites.
>I do know that, when I travel in the future, I will definitely bring an
>HT and at least a telescoping whip for some FM satellite activity
>from wherever I go.  I have traveled over the past 5 years with
>portable HF gear, so why not add a small satellite setup?  :-)
>Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK - AMSAT 33217 - Phoenix, Arizona
>(DM33xl when standing outside the office, DM43ao at home)
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