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RE: Made my first contact!!!!!!



Congratulations on your first satellite contact!  It is truely a memorable 
event for all of us.

I still clearly remember my first contact, a nerve-racking event with a very 
patient operator on the other end, SSB through RS-10.  Something under 10 
watts SSB into a home-made J-pole on 2 meters, and a Radio Shack shortwave 
radio with a wire strung out to a tree in the back yard.  But it was the 
second contact - from California to New York on that same setup - that 
really hooked me.

73s,

Greg  KO6TH


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From: "Stephen Brown Jr" <stephen.brown75@gmail.com>
To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Made my first contact!!!!!!
Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2006 22:32:01 -0400

Well I went for broke this evening and decided to put my newly acquired
Arrow Antenna to work with a TH-D7AG handheld. It was an amazing experience
to hear my own voice come from a satellite passing overhead with nothing
more than a simple antenna and 5 watts!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I managed to make
2 contacts, but I don't recall the callsigns or gridsquares, so if anyone
that subscribes to this list heard me, please QSL!!!! I am just truly
ecstatic right now, this is the most fun I have had with amateur radio ever.


I do have a question about doppler shift. There were several times during
the pass when I could not hear myself come through even though I had a
strong downlink signal, I was transmitting on 145.920 with a 67 Hz tone and
receiving on 435.300 My radio only tunes in 5 khz steps, how should I
compensate for doppler shift? Do I need to be as concerned with it on the
uplink as I do the downlink? Should I start tuning above or below the center
frequency to compensate?

This was a very thrilling event for me this evening, as I'm sure most can
attest to this recalling this first contact :)

73 de N1VLV,
Stephen
EM86
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