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Re: "It's the antenna, stupid!"



I had a beautiful 86 degree pass about 2350Z, 8/2 but no one was on voice.  
What time do they usually go to bed?


>From: "Mario Vaillancourt" <va2va@videotron.ca>
>To: "Jim Shorney" <jshorney@inebraska.com>, <sarex@AMSAT.Org>
>Subject: Re: [sarex] "It's the antenna, stupid!"
>Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 20:22:30 -0400
>
>I am sometimes able te send APRS to PCSAT with my 5 watts TH-D7 and rubber
>duckie antenna. However, I tried numerous times with ISS, but it never
>worked.
>
>I am now using an ARROW antenna + 5 watts TH-D7. With this equipment, I 
>have
>talked with Valery on the ISS. However, on Packet, still with an ARROW
>antenna and a 5W handheld, I have never succeeded, even when ISS is visible
>and straight above my head (clear sky, antenna directed towards ISS). I am
>no specialist, but I feel that reception of Packet on the ISS probably
>requires more power. What a shame!  But I keep trying! :-)
>
>Mario, VA2VA
>Québec



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