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Today's Topics:

   1. EL15&16 L/V, tonight AO-92 (Bob Cutter)
   2. satellite ARES group? (Ron VE8RT)
   3. KickSat 2 is alive and kicking (Nico Janssen)
   4. FN30, Vacation Style (Michael Styne)
   5. ANS-048 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins (E.Mike McCardel)
   6. Re: A new 400bps telemetry beacon now on!
      (Wendy and Terry Osborne)
   7. FM Birds, New Grids, and Chaos (Les Rayburn)
   8. Re: FM Birds, New Grids, and Chaos (John Brier)
   9. Re: FM Birds, New Grids, and Chaos (Burns Fisher)
  10. Re: FM Birds, New Grids, and Chaos (Les Rayburn)
  11. TH D72, Heil HTH-K, and recording Qs (K5ZM)


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Message: 1
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 13:19:47 +0000 (UTC)
From: Bob Cutter <ki0g@?????.???>
To: AMSAT BB <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: [amsat-bb] EL15&16 L/V, tonight AO-92
Message-ID: <1111693171.219480.1550323187836@????.?????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

Trying a new HB Helical Antenna, please listen.?
72, Bob KI0G?


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone


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Message: 2
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 06:51:09 -0700
From: Ron VE8RT <ve8rt@?????.??>
To: amsat-bb@?????.???
Subject: [amsat-bb] satellite ARES group?
Message-ID: <20190216065109.6425e29a337c8f06907cd30a@?????.??>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII

   Is there an online group that discusses satellite use for emergency
communications?

     Ron VE8RT

--
Ron VE8RT <ve8rt@?????.??>


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Message: 3
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:05:29 +0100
From: Nico Janssen <hamsat@??????.??>
To: AMSAT <amsat-bb@?????.???>,	"ray.hoad@????????.??? >> Ray Hoad"
<ray.hoad@????????.???>
Subject: [amsat-bb] KickSat 2 is alive and kicking
Message-ID: <d5f10480-12a0-7fae-ff96-e7be25c1d93b@??????.??>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed

All,

The first couple of days after KickSat 2 was deployed from Cygnus NG 10
no downlink signals were received from the satellite. But today I received
several short and weak transmissions from KickSat 2. So it appears to be
alive and transmitting short telemetry bursts on 437.5077 MHz.

KickSat 2, object 44046, is to deploy up to 104 small Sprite satellites into
its low orbit. All these Sprites will then transmit on 437.240 MHz with
10 mW and are expected to reenter within weeks.

73,
Nico PA0DLO




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Message: 4
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 11:06:23 -0500
From: Michael Styne <mstyne@?????.???>
To: amsat-bb@?????.???
Subject: [amsat-bb] FN30, Vacation Style
Message-ID: <44FEE1C2-AB81-4358-B859-FE9672AD07FF@?????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain;	charset=utf-8

All,

I?ll be down in FN30 this weekend into Monday catching FM passes as time
allows. I will have L/v gear for AO-92.

The only sked I currently have planned is AO-91 Monday at ~1440z looking for
UK/Europe.

I have a list of operators I know that need the grid:
AD0HJ
N4QX
AA9KG
W9TWJ
2M0SQL
N2NL
K4WPX
KI7UNJ
N4DCW
AD0DX
KK4YEL
N1PEB
If you need the grid and aren?t on the list, catch me on the -bb or Twitter:
@?????. I hope to work some of you.

Have a good weekend,
Mike

Michael Styne K2MTS
mstyne@?????.???

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Message: 5
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 20:53:06 -0500
From: "E.Mike McCardel" <mccardelm@?????.???>
To: Amsat - BBs <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: [amsat-bb] ANS-048 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
Message-ID:
<CAM5+sovMNL0cL6kUTJPJDgB8jWfUpb+h9SDnKeq+UaGKL4qm7g@????.?????.???>
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AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-048

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* QO-100 released by QARS
* ARRL Adds JO-97, FO-99, QO-100 to LoTW Configuration File
* New Distance Record on AO-91
* Call for Papers - Digital Communications Conference
* KickSat 2 Is Alive And Kicking
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Shorts From All Over


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-048.01
ANS-048 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 048.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
February 17, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-048.01



QO-100 released by QARS

Following the successful launch of Es'hail-2, the new Es'hailSat
teleport was inaugurated on February 14, 2019.

Prior to its official inauguration and opening the QO-100 NB Tran-
sponder was opened for experimental use on February 12. The Qatar
Amateur Radio Society (QARS) invited radio amateurs worldwide to
make good use of the NB transponder and make contacts with each
other. In parallel to the experimental operation, Es'hailSat, QARS
and AMSAT-DL monitored transponder performance and optimized trans-
ponder parameters.

Access the full article with photos on the AMSAT-DL website:
https://amsat-dl.org/en/eshail-2-qo-100-teleport-inauguration

Stations finding themselves out of the footprint of QO-100 or
those who have not had the opportunity to acquire 10 GHz down-
link receiving capability can join in the action using on-line
WebSDR resources:

+ In co-operation with AMSAT Deutschland, the British Amateur
  Television Club will be operating a WebSDR for the narrowband
  segment, and a Spectrum Viewer for the wideband (DATV) segment.
  The Goonhilly Earth Station is supporting the project, providing
  hosting for the Ground Station facility at their world-famous
  site in Cornwall, UK:  https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

+ The IS0GRB Es'Hail2 (QO-100) SAT 26E WebSDR receiver, located
  in Dolianova, South Sardinia island, Italy, JM49OJ, operated
  by Roberto, IS0GRB, using a 100cm parabolic dish can be
  accessed at: http://websdr.is0grb.it:8901/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information]


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ARRL Adds JO-97, FO-99, QO-100 to LoTW Configuration File

On February 14, 2019, the ARRL released version 11.7 of the Logbook of
the World configuration file adding the ability to confirm QSOs made
through JO-97, FO-99, and QO-100 via LoTW.

LoTW users should receive a prompt to update their configuration file
when opening recent versions of TQSL. The file can also be downloaded
at https://lotw.arrl.org/lotwuser/config.tq6

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]


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New Distance Record on AO-91

PR8KW GI77 - Gustavo
?Tks @????? for new record on AO91 2019-02-13 14:23z 6133km.
PR8KW GI77um73sc <> EB1AO IN52pf89tw.
73 de PR8KW GI77um

[ANS thanks PR8KW via Twitter for the above information]


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Call for Papers - Digital Communications Conference

Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the ARRL/TAPR
Digital Communications Conference (DCC), to be held September 20-22
at the Marriott Detroit Metro Airport Hotel. Papers will also be
published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors do not need to
attend the conference to have their papers included in the
Proceedings. The submission deadline is August 5, 2019. Submit papers
to via e-mail to maty@????.???? or via post to Maty Weinberg, KB1EIB,
ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Papers will be published
exactly as submitted, and authors will retain all rights.

[ANS thanks Steve Ford, WB8IMY, for the above information]


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KickSat 2 Is Alive And Kicking

The first couple of days after KickSat 2 was deployed from Cygnus NG
10 no downlink signals were received from the satellite. But today I
received several short and weak transmissions from KickSat 2. So it
appears to be alive and transmitting short telemetry bursts on
437.5077 MHz.

KickSat 2, object 44046, is to deploy up to 104 small Sprite
satellites into its low orbit. All these Sprites will then transmit
on 437.240 MHz with 10 mW and are expected to reenter within weeks.

[ANS thanks Nico PA0DLO via Amsat-bb for the above information]


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Upcoming Satellite Operations

Eureka Nunavut (ER60, EQ79) ? February 3, to March 29, 2019
Eureka ARC, VY0ERC, will be QRV from Eureka, NU (NA-008), February 3
until March 29, 2019.  Time and weather permitting, they expect to be
on the FM satellites from ER60 and EQ79.  Announcements will be
posted on Twitter at https://twitter.com/vy0erc.

3A, MONACO (JN33) ? February 15-18, 2019
Philippe, EA4NF, will be active as 3A/EA4NF from Monaco, between
February 15-18th. Priority will be given to FM and SSB Satellites to
get confirmed as much as possible this rare DXCC country to the
amateur radio satellite community. HF activity will be on 20 meters
SSB, but on the QRP mode (5w). QSL via LoTW.

Yuma Hamfest (DM22) ? February 15-16, 2019
Patrick, WD9EWK, will have an AMSAT booth at the Yuma Hamfest in
southwestern Arizona on Friday and Saturday, 15-16 February 2019.
This year?s hamfest also serves as the 2019 ARRL Southwestern
Division Convention. The hamfest will be at the Yuma County
Fairgrounds, along 32nd Street between Pacific Avenue and Avenue 3E,
and south of I-8 exit 3, in Yuma. The fairgrounds is across the
street from Yuma International Airport and Marine Corps Air Station.
More information about the hamfest is available from:
http://www.yumahamfest.org/

During the hamfest, Patrick will have demonstrations of satellite
operating from outside the main hall on the fairgrounds. If you hear
WD9EWK on passes during those two days, please feel free to call and
be a part of the demonstrations. Patrick may not be able to work
every possible pass from the hamfest, but hopes to work a variety of
passes in FM, SSB, and even packet. The hamfest site is in grid DM22.
Contacts made with WD9EWK will be uploaded to Logbook of the World,
and QSL cards for contacts made with WD9EWK will be available on
request after the hamfest (please e-mail me directly with the QSO
details).

During the hamfest, he will use his @?????? Twitter account to post
updates from the hamfest. If you do not use Twitter, you can still
see these updates in a web browser at: http://twitter.com/WD9EWK

Imperial Valley (DM12, DM22) ? February 17, 2019
After the end of the upcoming Yuma Hamfest, Patrick, WD9EWK, plans
to make a drive west to the DM12/DM22 grid boundary along I-8 near
the west end of California?s Imperial Valley on Sunday, 17 February
2019. He hopes to work passes for a few hours out there, with much
cooler weather than what he experienced last July when he was
previously out there. ?? The DM12/DM22 grid boundary, at the town of
Ocotillo, is in Imperial County.

Patrick will use his @?????? Twitter account to send updates. Even
without a Twitter account, these updates will be visible in a web
browser at: http://twitter.com/WD9EWK

His travel out to the DM12/DM22 line should be visible on APRS as
WD9EWK-9: http://aprs.fi/WD9EWK-9

Isla del Culebra, Puerto Rico (FK78) ? February 22-24, 2019
Radio Opordores del Este, KP3RE, is preparing for their Culebra IOTA
(NA-249) Expedition 2019.  Satellite operations are planned for AO-
91, AO-92, SO-50, and IO-86.

Turks and Caicos Islands (FL31) ? February 28 ? March 9, 2019
Adrian, AA5UK, will be heading to Providenciales in the Turks and
Caicos Islands from Feb 28th through March 9th, 2019. He will be
operating holiday style on HF and Satellites as VP5/AA5UK from grid
FL31UU14. Focus will be on the linear satellites, with some FM
activity depending on pile-up civility. Hope to work some European
stations as location favors the East. Pass announcements will be made
via Twitter: https://twitter.com/AA5UK and periodically via amsat-bb.

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org
Updated February 15, 2019

For most recent updates visit:
https://www.amsat.org/satellite-info/upcoming-satellite-operations/

[ANS thanks Robert KE4AL for the above information]


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ARISS News

+ 2019-02-13 20:10 UTC between David St-Jacques KG5FYI using ISS
  callsign NA1SS and College Park School, Lloydminster, Alberta,
  Canada Contact was direct via VA5ISS. ARISS Mentor was Brian VE6JBJ.

+ 2019-02-14 14:30 UTC between David St-Jacques KG5FYI using ISS
  callsign NA1SS and Faith Christian Academy, Orlando, FL, USA.
  Contact was direct via W9DWJ. ARISS Mentor was Dave AA4KN.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

There are no scheduled contacts this week.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
 information]


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     Watch this space for announcements of special events coming in 2019
            Get ready to help celebrate with us at the Hamvention
               Symposium 2019 promises to be a special event
          Stand by for 50th anniversary operating events and awards
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Shorts From All Over

+ Videos from the 2018 TAPR Digital Communications Conference are
  available at:
  http://tinyurl.com/TAPR-2018-DCC-Videos

  [ANS thanks TAPR for the above information]

+ Information for a Raspberry Pi - based SSTV receiver can be found
  at:
  https://github.com/davidhoness/sstv_decoder/blob/master/README.md

  [ANS thanks JoAnne K9JKM for providing the above information]

+ Humorous Anecdote

John, C6ATS, reports that while working an SO-50 pass from his boat in
FL22 on February 12th, a wind gust caused his Elk antenna to fall off
its handle and blow overboard. Luckily, it was still attached to the
coax and he was able to haul it back on board and work a few more
stations before LOS.

  [ANS thanks @???????????? via Twitter for the above information]

+ Congratulations to Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX. who was the Keynote Speaker
at the 'Students Involved with Technology(SIT) Conference-2019' on
February 9th at Heartland Community College. His inspirational speech
was addressed to the SIT Conference, 'For Students By Students',
which was filled with workshops to showcase technology, tools and
skills. Dhruv organized an ARISS contact with his school last year
and he was a speaker at the AMSAT Space Symposium in Huntsville, AL
in October, 2018.

  [ANS thanks Hari Rebba via AMSAT facebook

+ Read this and past releases of the AMSAT News Service Bulletins at:
  http://amsat.org/pipermail/ans/


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President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73,
This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM
aa8em at amsat dot org


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Message: 6
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 15:07:14 +1300
From: "Wendy and Terry Osborne" <wandtosborne@?????.???>
To: Lucio Perrone I?LYL <lucio.i0lyl@?????.???>,	<amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] A new 400bps telemetry beacon now on!
Message-ID: <BED57814ED344FB8889A1FD5F6FE66A4@??????????>
Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-15";
reply-type=response

Hi Folks,

The link is for the source files.
Use this link to obtain the executable (859K) file.
http://www.moetronix.com/ae4jy/ao40rcv.htm
Works a treat on the web sdr but there is not much on it yet.

73,
Terry Osborne ZL2BAC


-----Original Message-----
From: Lucio Perrone I?LYL
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2019 11:49 AM
To: APBIDDLE@???????.??? ; 'Graham Shirville' ; 'AMSAT'
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] A new 400bps telemetry beacon now on!

AO40Rcv BPSK Decoder For QO-100 good only fo Mailbox-F7

http://www.moetronix.com/ae4jy/files/ao40rcvsource204.zip


Il 13/02/2019 23:41, Alan ha scritto:
> Great to see that the beacon is backward compatible.  Got my old copy of
> AO40Rcv out for later testing.
>
> 73,
>
> Alan
> WA4SCA
>
>
> <-----Original Message-----
> <From: Lucio Perrone I?LYL [mailto:lucio.i0lyl@?????.????
> <Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 16:22 PM
> <To: APBIDDLE@???????.???? 'Graham Shirville' <graham@?????????.???>;
> <'AMSAT' <amsat-bb@?????.???>
> <Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] A new 400bps telemetry beacon now on!
> <
> <
> <yes, old AO40RCV
> <
> <https://twitter.com/I0LYL/status/1095802798174859264
> <
> <73, Lucio
> <
> <Il 13/02/2019 23:16, Alan ha scritto:
> <> Graham,
> <>
> <> My, but that brings back old, fond memories!  Will/is there a decoder?
> <>
> <> 73,
> <>
> <> Alan
> <> WA4SCA
> <>
> <>
> <> <-----Original Message-----
> <> <From: AMSAT-BB [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces@?????.???? On Behalf Of
> <> <Graham Shirville
> <> <Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 16:13 PM
> <> <To: AMSAT <amsat-bb@?????.???>
> <> <Subject: [amsat-bb] A new 400bps telemetry beacon now on!
> <> <
> <> <Those of a certain vintage will remember listening to the distinctive
> <> <400 bps beacons from AO10, 13 and finally AO40.
> <> <
> <> <You can now hear the sound again, live. If you are in range of
> Oscar-100
> <> <then tune to 10489.800 MHz or, if not, then logon to the BATC/AMSAT-UK
> <> <websdr here https://eshail.batc.org.uk/nb/and tune to the same
> <frequency!
> <> <
> <> <Wonderful...thank you QARS and AMSAT-DL
> <> <
> <> <73
> <> <Graham
> <> <G3VZV
> <> <
> <> <
> <> <_______________________________________________
> <> <Sent via AMSAT-BB@?????.???. AMSAT-NA makes this open forum
> <available
> <> <to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership.
> <Opinions
> <> <expressed
> <> <are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views
> of
> <AMSAT-
> <> <NA.
> <> <Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite
> <> <program!
> <> <Subscription settings: http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb
> <>
> <> _______________________________________________
> <> Sent via AMSAT-BB@?????.???. AMSAT-NA makes this open forum
> <available
> <> to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership.
> <Opinions expressed
> <> are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views
> of
> <AMSAT-NA.
> <> Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite
> <program!
> <> Subscription settings: http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb
> <>
> <
> <--
> <73, Lucio I?LYL
>

--
73, Lucio I?LYL
_______________________________________________
Sent via AMSAT-BB@?????.???. AMSAT-NA makes this open forum available
to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions
expressed
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AMSAT-NA.
Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite program!
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Message: 7
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:47:50 -0600
From: Les Rayburn <les@????????????.???>
To: AMSAT BB <amsat-bb@?????.???>, Work-Sat@??????.??
Subject: [amsat-bb] FM Birds, New Grids, and Chaos
Message-ID: <FBB49C8F-C8C6-4499-9BD3-8EF85F6487C2@????????????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain;	charset=utf-8

Since getting back into satellites a few months ago, I set my first goal to
be completing VUCC. 76 grids confirmed, and hoping to possibly finish up
this week.

I?m meeting with the VUCC card checker this week to sign off on my 2 Meter
VUCC. That took over five years, since I?m limited to a single 6 element
Yagi in the attic. At least half of those contacts came via WJST meteor
scatter.

Thought it would be nice to get both 2 Meter and Satellite at the same time.

Most of my contacts have come on the linear birds, with over 2/3 of them on
FO-29. I realize that there is a lot more activity and grid activation on
the FM birds?so I need to spend more time there.

But the chaos of that type of operation just doesn?t appeal to me. Plus the
noise levels in the attic make it difficult for me to hear the FM birds very
well. SO-50 comes in ?pretty well? but the AO birds are often covered with
noise and difficult to hear.

Any tips to improve my success rate on FM? Other than completely avoiding
weekend operation! :-)


73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
Maylene, AL
EM63nf
AMSAT #38965, ARRL Life Member, CVHS Life Member, SVHF Member






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Message: 8
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 23:01:02 -0500
From: John Brier <johnbrier@?????.???>
To: Les Rayburn <les@????????????.???>
Cc: Work-Sat@??????.??? AMSAT BB <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] FM Birds, New Grids, and Chaos
Message-ID:
<CALn0fKPBpv6NfwFtPqJ+sG-eZUP6WMPzouwaoO+XuSUXs_KZ0A@????.?????.???>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"

Not sure if you do this or not, but consider calling people you hear
rather than just throwing your call out.

You might also consider repeating every call you hear back in your
head so you can do the above more easily. Concentrate and keep trying
and eventually you will be able to surf the chaos. Wipe outs will
still happen. Sometimes you can hang ten.

Can you operate portable so you don't have to deal with the noise that
you pick up in the attic?

73, John Brier KG4AKV

On Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 10:49 PM Les Rayburn <les@????????????.???> wrote:
>
> Since getting back into satellites a few months ago, I set my first goal
to be completing VUCC. 76 grids confirmed, and hoping to possibly finish up
this week.
>
> I?m meeting with the VUCC card checker this week to sign off on my 2 Meter
VUCC. That took over five years, since I?m limited to a single 6 element
Yagi in the attic. At least half of those contacts came via WJST meteor
scatter.
>
> Thought it would be nice to get both 2 Meter and Satellite at the same time.
>
> Most of my contacts have come on the linear birds, with over 2/3 of them
on FO-29. I realize that there is a lot more activity and grid activation on
the FM birds?so I need to spend more time there.
>
> But the chaos of that type of operation just doesn?t appeal to me. Plus
the noise levels in the attic make it difficult for me to hear the FM birds
very well. SO-50 comes in ?pretty well? but the AO birds are often covered
with noise and difficult to hear.
>
> Any tips to improve my success rate on FM? Other than completely avoiding
weekend operation! :-)
>
>
> 73,
>
> Les Rayburn, N1LF
> Maylene, AL
> EM63nf
> AMSAT #38965, ARRL Life Member, CVHS Life Member, SVHF Member
>
>
>
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Message: 9
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 23:02:21 -0500
From: Burns Fisher <burns@??????.??>
To: Les Rayburn <les@????????????.???>
Cc: Work-Sat@??????.??? AMSAT BB <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] FM Birds, New Grids, and Chaos
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You might look for a pass that is way east of you over the ocean.  Fewer
people on at that time.  Also coming up from the south. There are operators
in South America that you might reach.  But anyway, the less land in the
visibility circle of the satellite, the less busy it will be.

Good luck and 73!

Burns WB1FJ.

On Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 10:48 PM Les Rayburn <les@????????????.???> wrote:

> Since getting back into satellites a few months ago, I set my first goal
> to be completing VUCC. 76 grids confirmed, and hoping to possibly finish up
> this week.
>
> I?m meeting with the VUCC card checker this week to sign off on my 2 Meter
> VUCC. That took over five years, since I?m limited to a single 6 element
> Yagi in the attic. At least half of those contacts came via WJST meteor
> scatter.
>
> Thought it would be nice to get both 2 Meter and Satellite at the same
> time.
>
> Most of my contacts have come on the linear birds, with over 2/3 of them
> on FO-29. I realize that there is a lot more activity and grid activation
> on the FM birds?so I need to spend more time there.
>
> But the chaos of that type of operation just doesn?t appeal to me. Plus
> the noise levels in the attic make it difficult for me to hear the FM birds
> very well. SO-50 comes in ?pretty well? but the AO birds are often covered
> with noise and difficult to hear.
>
> Any tips to improve my success rate on FM? Other than completely avoiding
> weekend operation! :-)
>
>
> 73,
>
> Les Rayburn, N1LF
> Maylene, AL
> EM63nf
> AMSAT #38965, ARRL Life Member, CVHS Life Member, SVHF Member
>
>
>
>
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Message: 10
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 22:30:07 -0600
From: Les Rayburn <les@????????????.???>
To: John Brier <johnbrier@?????.???>
Cc: Work-Sat@??????.??? AMSAT BB <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] FM Birds, New Grids, and Chaos
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Those are good suggestions. I try to write down calls and grid squares by
?reading the mail? on other QSO?s. Then I call that specific station.

I rarely (if ever) just throw out my call. Sometimes when I?m up late at
night I?ll do that, or even call CQ but only when the bird is dead quiet.

I?ve got a TH-D72A, and an ELK antenna configured for portable operation.
Just waiting on warm and dry days to give it a try from the backyard. This
winter has been one of the wettest on record here.

Do wish more operators would be more considerate when the bird is busy. My
?wish list? would include:

Make one QSO, then just monitor the rest of the pass?unless someone calls you.
Check Twitter to see if anyone is activating a rare grid. If so, let them
control the flow of contacts on the bird. This is especially true of Western
grids. Often the pass is very short for those grids, and stations in the
East have a limited time to work them. But the bird is often filled with
Eastern stations working other Eastern stations during the whole pass.
Resist turning up the power to ?muscle? your way in.

During one pass earlier this evening, I listened to a single QRO station
make 5 or 6 contacts during a very crowded pass?simply by muscling other
stations, talking over other operators, etc.

We clearly need more FM birds because the demand is very high. Meanwhile a
lot of the linear satellites are empty or nearly so.

73,

Les Rayburn, N1LF
Maylene, AL
EM63nf
AMSAT #38965, ARRL Life Member, CVHS Life Member, SVHF Member




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Message: 11
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 22:34:28 -0800
From: "K5ZM" <k5zm@???????.???>
To: <amsat-bb@?????.???>
Subject: [amsat-bb] TH D72, Heil HTH-K, and recording Qs
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Hi all.



After having been licensed since '75, I'm finally dusting off my interest in
sat work! I've got a Kenwood D72 paired with a short Arrow II. I also picked
up a Heil boom mic HT headset for the Kenwood HTs -but now wonder if that
part will actually end up complicating my efforts to record my Qs. The
connector on the end of the headset is a two-pronged arrangement (think
'mini eggbeater') that uses both mic and speaker connections on the side of
the D72. If I want to go forward with this headset, it's obvious I'll need
to either fab something up or acquire a specialized patch cord, a Y cable,
etc.



If it comes to it, I can live without the headset and just use headphones in
the event that makes life easier. Would like to hear what other ops are
doing in this regard.



Tnx es 73



Ian, K5ZM



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