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Re: AO-51 USB/FM

At 12:01 PM 1/20/2006, DOBarrows@aol.com wrote:
>I had some success with the usb/fm mode on AO-51 this week.  It seemed easier
>because 1) there is less contention with not so many stations on the input
>and 2) the bird didn't fade out as badly as it usually does.  Is 
>AO-51 running
>more power this week or is it just better propagation?

Listened to AO-51 while on the road between Melbourne and 
Adelaide.  Good signals from the bird for the most part, even on the 
mobile.  However, although I heard a station calling CQ, I had a LOT 
of trouble understanding the audio.  The deviation on the downlink 
was way too low for operating in noisy environments (e.g. mobile) or 
with marginal signals.  I can now understand why one user suggested 
in here to use narrow FM mode - that would have done wonders for 
bringing the downlink audio up to scratch.

Unfortunately, I don't have SSB gear in the mobile, so I wasn't able 
to attempt operation, even if I could hear it better.

73 de VK3JED
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