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Re: FT-817 use on AO16

Hi All,

Thank you to those who replied to this, I will have another go this coming 
weekend, but I feel that I may stuggle as here in the UK we suffer from 
"Europe" and many people not listening so you end up with more people uping 
the transmit power to get over people... I have a TH-D7 so I can use the 817 
for receiving? 

I would like to try my hand at AO-7, but I think perhaps 5 watts may 
struggle there too.. my biggest problem is there is no way to install 
antenna's at my home due to garden size, so am trying to be good at portable 
ops.. I have an arrow antenna and a separate 9 ele 70cms and 4 ele on two 
mounted on a manual camera tripod.. I do have an amp/preamp for 2, but i 
find that ao16 is very hard to track due to it spinning so need to twist the 

Anyway, sorry  to waffle.. I'll keep at it..


Chris - M0DQO

-----Original Message-----
From: "Mark L. Hammond" <n8mh@embarqmail.com>
To: amsat-bb@amsat.org,chris@photofuture.co.uk
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2008 17:18:25 -0400
Subject: re: [amsat-bb]  FT-817 use on AO16

Hi Chris,

While I haven't used an FT-817, I have worked AO-16 on 5 watts--through my 
'short' M2 2M antenna.  

Of course, it's all about gain--so where you are sending that 5 watts (a mag 
mount or 12dB gain array??) makes all the difference in the world...

The receiver on AO-16 is quite sensitive.  Just now, I heard many VHF 
telephones from South/Central America/Caribbean  coming through the bird :)


Mark N8MH

At 01:00 PM 3/30/2008 -0700, you wrote:
>Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2008 18:42:33 +0100
>From: "Chris Bloy" <chris@photofuture.co.uk>
>Subject: [amsat-bb]  FT-817 use on AO16
>To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
>Message-ID: <00c801c8928d$6f3111f0$4d9335d0$@co.uk>
>Content-Type: text/plain;       charset="Windows-1252"
>Hi all
>Has anyone used an FT-817 on AO-16?
>I am having issues getting into the repeater, I think partly due to the
>amount of stations trying to access! But has anyone  managed with 5 watts?
>Chris - M0DQO

Mark L. Hammond  [N8MH]
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