[amsat-bb] AO-85 & HT

Bill Dillon bill.g.dillon at gmail.com
Mon May 30 18:06:08 UTC 2016

Hi Kevin,

No, you're not wasting your time with AO-85.  I also use a Yaesu VX 6R for
all my Sat contacts, and have made several with AO-85.  That said, AO-85 is
much more difficult to work for me than SO-50.  All my successful contacts
have been made with an elevation above 45 degrees, so range may be a
factor.  I've also read (but haven't tried yet) about the trick of rotating
the antenna 90 degrees on transmit, once you've established the best
receive orientation.

73 de Bill, KG5FQX

On Mon, May 30, 2016 at 12:26 PM, Kevin Ehm <kevinehm at gci.net> wrote:

> I’m having great difficulty hitting and receiving AO-85 with my Yaesu VX
> 6r.  I have read about the frequencies, and that I’m not alone in the boat
> with HT’s and only 5 watts.  I’m in BP51, and used to hit the easy ones
> when they were working.  Am I simply wasting my time with AO-85?
> Thanks,
> Kevin
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