[amsat-bb] Unable to hear AO-7

Mark Lunday, WD4ELG mlunday at nc.rr.com
Tue Jan 13 04:58:53 PST 2009

Maybe I am doing something wrong on Mode A.  Over the summer I had a couple
of successes.  Since then, nothing.  

Station works all the other birds with ease.

I recall AO7 has no battery so it must be illuminated.  So I only try when
the bird is in sunlight.  

I cannot seem to find my signal on the downlink.  I am using dipole,
vertical, end fed, every possible combination.  Last evening, I thought I
may have heard my CW note, but I am not sure.

I typically can hear K3SZH calling CQ on the downlink, but just barely.  

AO7 has low power, but I have worked it before.  Certainly it is me who is
missing something.

Mark Lunday
wd4elg at arrl.net

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