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Re: AO-51 mode?



Hi Greg!

> I keep seeing postings about AO-51 being in an SSB/FM mode, but
> the Control Op's website and Amsat home page both show FM/FM.
>  Did it just change (so I missed it), or is it still in SSB/FM?  If so,
> when will it change again?

On the AMSAT home page it lists the current mode - the normal
145.920/435.300 MHz FM repeater, and the cross-mode 145.880
MHz SSB/435.150 MHz FM repeater.  The monthly schedule is
available in text form at:

http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/echo/CTNews.php

Sometimes this link is the best way to see the schedule, when
there is a mode that is not supported in the chart-style schedule
on another page at the AMSAT web site.  The current schedule
is valid through Sunday (2 November) UTC.  By that time, there
should be a November schedule posted to that web page and to
the AMSAT-BB.

I was on the SSB/FM side of AO-51 for a pass around 0108 UTC
tonight.  Activity throughout the pass, with at least 6 or 7 stations
on.  After my short time working the non-FM satellites, it is a lot
easier to deal with tuning the SSB uplink to stay within the receiver
and sound somewhat normal on the FM downlink.

73!



Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
http://www.wd9ewk.net/
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