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AO-7 running like a champ



Yesterday afternoon I had the distinct pleasure of working some DX on AO-7 
mode B from here in subtropical Florida. I caught a 4 degree max pass to the 
northeast that eventually covered a good bit of northwestern Europe, and had 
the pleasure to catch G1WPR in IO93 finishing up with K3SZH. Signals were 55 
with some QSB on my uplink, probably due to all the energy wasted in heating 
the neighborhood palm trees. My QTH does not have what anyone could consider 
a clear horizon! As I was going LOS I also heard I believe W3JZ working 
G1WPR. At the time the footprint extended across the US from Idaho to 
Central Florida, and just about all of Canada, so the opportunity to work 
some satellite DX is there for many.

The 24 hour timer continues to change modes while the satellite is in 
continuous illumination, with the mode change occurring around 1130 UTC. 
Eclipses return April 3rd, 2007, and we expect the timer to be interrupted 
near this date.A good website to check to quickly find out what mode it is 
in can be found at: http://oscar.dcarr.org/ .

Good Luck and enjoy!

73, Drew KO4MA



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