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Sorry for the OT but I have a question about ham radio and satellites. What is the deal about them and how do I "work" the satellite?

 

The only radio's I have are the Yaesu FT-90 and a VX-5.

 

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Sorry for the OT but I have a question about ham radio and satellites. What is the deal about them and how do I "work" the satellite?

 

The only radio's I have are the Yaesu FT-90 and a VX-5.

 

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Best place to get satellite info is HERE.

 

I used to do a lot of satellite ops. But to be frank, some of the satellite ops have become quite rude. So much so that I quit. My first satellite contact was in 1978. My last was in 2002.

 

BTW, it can be done with a handheld, but it is difficult. And those satellites are where some of the worst of them live.

 

Good luck - hope you have a better time at it than I did.

 

Mike. Desert_Warrior (aka KD9KC).

El Paso, Texas.

 

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I have made a sat. contact on a FT50R handheld, but it was in the Sierra mountains, 100s of miles from a major city, mid-day, mid-week. And they were calling me from several states away because I was in rare grid.

 

While it was there, RS13 was fun. It was easy to use, 145Mh up, 28Mh down, SSB or CW. You could always work someone no problem on CW. Been a couple of years, but thinking of doing this again.

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Originally posted by EScout:

I have made a sat. contact on a FT50R handheld, but it was in the Sierra mountains, 100s of miles from a major city, mid-day, mid-week. And they were calling me from several states away because I was in rare grid.


 

Wow. May I ask what kind of antenna you were using?

 

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Check this antenna.

 

I used one some time ago for a MIR packet contact, and it will work easily with a VX-5R for the FM sats. Well, amybe not very easily! You need a way to figure out where the bird will be in the sky, and some reference for pointing the antenna.

 

You should visit the AMSAT web page, and check out AO-27.

 

To work most other satellites you need to have an all mode 2m/70cm radio as most of the time you use SSB or CW.

 

I have a VX-5R and it works fine!

 

Good luck!

 

Dave_W6DPS

 

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[This message was edited by Dave_W6DPS on October 08, 2003 at 01:59 PM.]

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