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I have set up my M2-436CP42 UHF satellite antenna (16.5dBd) today and the
FT-847 (50w) to try with ISS on 437.55 on pass #40517 at 2253utc coming up
in roughly 30-minutes.  We will see if I am successful and prehaps set up a
sked for next weekend on VHF with Bill on the ISS.

Thanks to all that have helped.

73's Ed - KL7UW
PS: now that the passes are into a better time, perhaps some of the other
AK hams will make contact this week.  I will be at work however and not QRV
for the passes.

At 02:35 PM 1/15/2006 -0500, Allen Emer wrote:

>I run a big  gun station and can get in on any pass, but I've only made two 
>contacts. One on VHF passing Ed Coles call sign and schedule in Alaska up 
>to ISS to help Bill get his WAS and one this morning on UHF trying to help 
>KC2FDQ. My Son Sean KC2DIJ made one on UHF the day before.
>Don't get frustrated by lack of success, sooner or later you'll nail it. 
>Talking to an astronaut is not so much a contact but an accomplishment.
>Keep learning and keep trying.... we love it when some one posts their 
>first contact here on the board.  !!!
>Al Emer, N2YAC
>Amsat 30942
>Ken Ransom sent this to the club:
>This weekend (Jan 14-15 UTC) Bill McArthur plans to operate on the UHF band
>exclusively. It is his desire to work all continents on the UHF band from
>the International Space Station.
>The frequency he will be using will be 437.55 simplex. Due to the high
>Doppler effect on this band, one will need to operate split frequencies for
>most of the pass. A very simplified chart showing memory assignment for
>transmit and receive with 5 KHz spacing is below as an example .
>Mem.     TX     -    RX
>Ch A - 437.540 - 437.560  Acquisition of signal (AOS)
>Ch B - 437.545 - 437.555
>Ch C - 437.550 - 437.550  Time of closest approach (TCA)
>Ch D - 437.555 - 437.545
>Ch E  -437.560 - 437.540  Loss of signal (LOS)
>Good Luck and 73,
>Kenneth G. Ransom - N5VHO
>ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer
>Johnson Space Center
>Houston, TX
Ed - KL7UW  
http://www.qsl.net/al7eb - BP40iq 
144-EME: FT-847, mgf-1801/1402, 4xM2-xpol-20, 170w
432-EME: FT-847, mgf-1402, 1x21-ele (18.6 dBi), 60w
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