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ARISSat-1

John Moncak
 

i saw in april qst page76 a future sat made from suitsat to be set out this year was wondering if its going to be a easy fm sat to work it didnt say to much in the article, its a low orbit sat cubesat design.ke3lb


Re: k4t dxpedition

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

made contact today 1842 gmt ao27 pass with k4t dxpedition ...
Outstanding!

...didn't do the grids on the computer im so use to logging by pen and paper ...
Copy!

Clint


k4t dxpedition

John Moncak
 

made contact today 1842 gmt ao27 pass with k4t dxpedition with the elk on my rotor set at 45 degrees on my pool deck temporalily till i get it on my garage roof now i dont have to be running out all the time with the tripod and arrow ok 73 ke3lb fn21 .oh by the way clint didnt do the grids on the computer im so use to logging by pen and paper since lincenced in 93 hard to change guess ill do it by pen and paper.


Daylight Savings Time THIS Sunday

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Remember that Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday! Adjust your satellite tracking programs accordingly.

NASA tells us: "Benjamin Franklin is credited with the concept of Daylight Saving Time. The basic idea is to make the best use of daylight hours by shifting the clock forward in the spring and backward in the fall. Daylight Saving Time has been in use throughout much of the United States, Canada and Europe since World War I... In 2005, President Bush signed into law a new energy policy bill that would extend Daylight Saving Time by four weeks beginning in 2007."

Clint


Re: Made first satellite contact today

Clint Bradford <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Just a reminder to check the AO-51 Op Schedule - sometimes that frequency changes to another V/U pair!

Clint



On Mar 10, 2010, at 10:45 PM, Dennis Minnick wrote:



Vy thanks for the reply and information.
 
I would like to know what thw asterisks the follow the VHF TX frequencies that you have listed in the tutorial for AO51 mean ?
 
----- Original Message -----
From: K6LCS
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:55 AM
Subject: [Work-Sat] Re: Made first satellite contact today

>> ... I plan on using my Yaesu FT-60 also I am still trying to figure out how to do it, and how to compensate for doppler ...

Dennis - the programming for the FT-60R is in my tutorial on the support site! Just remember that you do not have to compensate for Doppler on the 2M side of things, because the effect is so less prevalent at that frequency.

And my mnemonic device to remember is: "Acquire - Above." You acquire the sat slightly above the downlink frequency. So, if the bird is transmitting 435.300, start listening at 435.310 and 435.305 - and you'll capture it sooner.

Clint
http://www.work.sat.com




Clint Bradford, K6LCS
909-241-7666





Re: Made first satellite contact today

dminnick80
 

Vy thanks for the reply and information.
 
I would like to know what thw asterisks the follow the VHF TX frequencies that you have listed in the tutorial for AO51 mean ?
 
Dennis
 

----- Original Message -----
From: K6LCS
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:55 AM
Subject: [Work-Sat] Re: Made first satellite contact today

 

>> ... I plan on using my Yaesu FT-60 also I am still trying to figure out how to do it, and how to compensate for doppler ...

Dennis - the programming for the FT-60R is in my tutorial on the support site! Just remember that you do not have to compensate for Doppler on the 2M side of things, because the effect is so less prevalent at that frequency.

And my mnemonic device to remember is: "Acquire - Above." You acquire the sat slightly above the downlink frequency. So, if the bird is transmitting 435.300, start listening at 435.310 and 435.305 - and you'll capture it sooner.

Clint
http://www.work.sat.com


Re: Made first satellite contact today

dminnick80
 

Vy thanks for the reply and information.
 
I would like to know what thw asterisks the follow the VHF TX frequencies that you have listed in the tutorial for AO51 mean ?
 

----- Original Message -----
From: K6LCS
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:55 AM
Subject: [Work-Sat] Re: Made first satellite contact today

 

>> ... I plan on using my Yaesu FT-60 also I am still trying to figure out how to do it, and how to compensate for doppler ...

Dennis - the programming for the FT-60R is in my tutorial on the support site! Just remember that you do not have to compensate for Doppler on the 2M side of things, because the effect is so less prevalent at that frequency.

And my mnemonic device to remember is: "Acquire - Above." You acquire the sat slightly above the downlink frequency. So, if the bird is transmitting 435.300, start listening at 435.310 and 435.305 - and you'll capture it sooner.

Clint
http://www.work.sat.com


Re: Made first satellite contact today

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... I plan on using my Yaesu FT-60 also I am still trying to figure out how to do it, and how to compensate for doppler ...
Dennis - the programming for the FT-60R is in my tutorial on the support site! Just remember that you do not have to compensate for Doppler on the 2M side of things, because the effect is so less prevalent at that frequency.

And my mnemonic device to remember is: "Acquire - Above." You acquire the sat slightly above the downlink frequency. So, if the bird is transmitting 435.300, start listening at 435.310 and 435.305 - and you'll capture it sooner.

Clint
http://www.work.sat.com


Re: Made first satellite contact today

dminnick80
 

Brian
Nice going on the first contact and using a FT60 too, I plan on using my Yaesu FT-60 also I am still trying to figure out how to do it, and how to compensate for doppler etc,, I just found out that the little FT60 can work satellites, amazing.
Ka8tqr / Dennis
73

--- In Work-Sat@yahoogroups.com, Brian Barney <brian77223@...> wrote:

Hello group, My name is Brian Barney. I am a student at Cal Poly Pomona, and Clint gave a satellite presentation for our amateur club last week. I downloaded pocketsat on my palm treo and today I noticed I had an 80 degree overhead pass with the SO-50 (the same satellite that Clint contacted during the presentation)
I waited till it was almost directly overhead and I could hear people clearly. I waited for a break in the conversation and threw out my call sign and location. The other hams said my signal was pretty scratchy but could understand some of it. I was just using a whip antenna. I was already in the process of making a dual band yagi, but I thought I'd try with my $20 whip and FT60.
Thank you Clint for giving the presentation for our school club, I had always wanted to work satellites, but didn't know I had the capability to.

-Brian Barney
KI6KCW


YOUR Assistance Needed!

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

I just created a quickie, anonymous survey for the Work-Sat site. If you have a spare two minutes, would you please go back and visit ...

http://www.work-sat.com

... and let me know how I can improve the site? The link is right there in the intro paragraph.

THANK YOU for your assistance!

Clint, K6LCS
909-241-7666


SAT DEMO - Victor Valley ARC, 3/9/2010, 7:00 pm

Work-Sat@...
 

Reminder from:   Work-Sat Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   SAT DEMO - Victor Valley ARC
 
Date:   Tuesday March 9, 2010
Time:   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:   Victor Valley ARC
Notes:   Clint Bradford, K6LCS, will be presenting his "Working Amateur Satellites With Your HT"
multimedia session at the March 9, 2010 meeting of the Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club.

"Tentatively, we'll have a workable pass of AO-51 at 5:01PM that evening. And a pass of SO-50 at 7:35PM. If you would like to show up early, I'll be working the satellite from the parking lot."

Attendees should download Clint's four-page tutorial and radio programming matrix before the meeting from ...

http://www.work-sat.com

And Clint welcomes pre-presentation questions - call him at 909-241-7666, or send email to clint@...

The Victor Valley ARC meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Lewis Center for Educational Research, 17500 Mana Road, Apple Valley.

Directions: I-15 north or south to Highway 18 East to Apple Valley road, turn south (right). South two blocks to Tuscola road. Turn west (right). West one block to Mana road, turn right. Follow Mana to the end of the road. Go through the gate and park to the left. The meeting is held in the library (large glass building)
 
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From the In-Box ...

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... I have been thinking about AO-51. I do have a dual-band HT for 2 meters and 440. BUT I am not real sure if I can do split frequency with it. I was told by a buddy that I could but I still haven't found any mention in the manual. My HT is a Yaesu FT-60 ...
Don't get me started on the virtues of the Yaesu FT-60R ... (grin)

YES - Check out page 28 of your FT-60's user manual. It's easier to "cheat" with the programming software - but if you're doing it manually, just remember that you have five seconds to perform some intermediate tasks/steps ...

... found your tutorial about AO-51 ... maybe I 'Can' do it ...
Absolutely! Improve that stock antenna ... pick an elevation of 25 or 30 degrees or better ... make sure the sat is in the "V/U mode" (it is all of March) - and we'll hear you on it!

... split operation into my FT-60 ...
It is preferable to work "true, full-duplex" on the FM birds. But it is NOT mandatory. I mean, you do not intentionally step on others when working you local repeaters. Same with the FM sats: Wait for a break in the action, and announce yourself.

I am spoiled here on the West Coast: There's ALWAYS contacts to be made on most of the FM birds' passes.

... Thank you for the excellent tutorial ...
NO - Thank YOU for joining and participating! I (ignorantly) walked on by when I saw an AMSAT table at a local hamfest five or six years ago. I mean, I thought I needed 100W transmit power, dual Yagis on the roof and that expensive Yaesu rotator to work the satellites. When I realized that we can work the FM birds with equipment most hams ALREADY OWN, well, I've given my sat presentation about 50 times the past three or four years showing hams how to work 'em with low power.

Clint, K6LCS
909-241-7666


Re: grids

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Let me know how you like it ... If worthwhile, I'll add it to my "Station Aids" page.

Clint


grids

John Moncak
 

thanks clint i will check it out ke3lb


Re: grid squares

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

For Windows, I found ...

WorkedGrids
Ham Log Mapping software
Freeware for Windows
Par/by: Bertrand Zauhar, VE2ZAZ

http://ve2zaz.net/WorkedGrids/WorkedGrids.htm


Re: grid squares

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Hmmm ... the ARRL offers their log book ...

http://tinyurl.com/arrl-log

... but not exactly what you are asking for.

Let me look around some more.

Clint


grid squares

John Moncak
 

i have the arrl grid sq map was wondering if there is a log book with all the grid squares written in, that i could fill in to keep track. all the grids i have now all i do is log book them and no organization was wondering what everyone else does got about 250 contacts now and getting had to keep track of grids.ok 73 ke3lb


Re: sat question

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Correcion - It was "Formosat 3D" that we almost "met" earlier this week.

Formosat 3D is part of a constellation of six remote sensing microsatellites that collect atmospheric data for weather prediction and for ionosphere, climate and gravity research. Both AO-51 and Formosat 3D orbit at an altitude of approximately 500 miles.

Clint


Re: sat question

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... ao27 so50 ao51 ... or do they have kick motors ...
No manueuvering - they're just in their non-alterable orbits.

We had a minor scare last week - when A)-51 flew within a few thousand feet of Formosat2. But no collision. There WS a collision last year of two non-amatuer bids over the Ukraine (if I remember correctly). It just isn;'t a common occurrence!

Clint, K6LCS


sat question

John Moncak
 

the easy sats ao27 so50 ao51 ho68 are they in the clark belt 300 miles up i know they have solar panels but i think thats for the computer and repeator power do they just orbit in free space without fuel or do they have kick motors to keep them in some type of sequence on track so they dont collied with one another not even sure if the clark belt is 300miles up trying to understand how they do it ok 73 ke3lb

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