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Re: Need quick start info please



Have you looked at the sat status page?
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/status.php
It shows all the current birds that have VHF/UHF capability in addition
to others.

Since you mentioned the FT60, I presume you just want the FM birds. That
narrows it down quite a bit. AO-51 and SO-50 are FM voice birds. PCSAT
and ANDE are FM Packet birds and ISS is either FM packet or you can talk
directly with the crew on rare occasions.

Other satellites use SSB capable radios or operate on different bands.

There are some great articles for first time users at
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/information/faqs/index.php and I
recommend the "Working the Easy Sats" article since you are interested
in FM operations.


Kenneth - N5VHO

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Dave Bannerman
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 9:49 AM
To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Need quick start info please

I am interested in working some satellites and have had success at least
tracking and hearing AO-51. I use Orbitron racking software and my
Equipment
consists of a Yaesu FT60 HT programmed with separate up/down frequencies
for
the AO-51 bird. My question that I have asked at least 3 other people is
WHAT ARE THE OTHER V/U SATELLITES I CAN USE THAT PASS OVER CALIFORNIA,
AND
WHAT ARE THE SCHEDULES / STATUS'S OF THESE SATS? Everyone I spoke with
tells
me the same thing, go to amsat website. Well I am confused by all of the
old
data that is posted there. All most all of the FAQ and WEEKLY STATUS
reports
are 3-5 years old. Can someone just help me out and list the currently
operational V/U sats that I can work?  Would also appreciate comments on
best tracking software, antennas or whatever you can offer to help me
get up
to speed. Thank you.

 

73

KI6GVL

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