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Satellite Radio and Fishin' is the Mission!

Randy Schulze
 

If any of you've attended a Satellite Radio Presentation by the KC Amateur Radio Satellite Team of Randy Schulze - KDØHKD, Eddy Paul – KYØF, and Jeremy Widner - KØPDX , you probably remember that aside from Amateur Radio, one of our other passions is Fishing!  So coming up this October 6th through October 9th, we're heading out on our annual fall fishing trip to Bennett Spring State Park in the Ozark Country west of the town of Lebanon, in south central Missouri!

Over the years, we discovered that when you combine a good thing like a fishing trip, with another good thing like amateur radio, you can have all sorts of fun!  Naturally, along with our tackle boxes and fishing rods, we're also packing our radio go-kits and antennas!  You can bet that in addition to fish, we're going to try to catch as many passes of the FM Satellites going over Grid Square EM37 that we can during our stay in the park!  We're looking forward to the many Amateur Radio Satellite aficionados to work us while we're there!

While we're in the neighborhood, we'll be providing a presentation on Amateur Radio Satellites to our good friends with the Nixa Amateur Radio Club at Nixa, Missouri at 6:00 PM, Saturday, October 8.  They hold their meetings at the Nixa Fire Department, 301 Nicholas Road, in Nixa.  You can view their web site at http://www.nixahams.net

As always, you can find more information about the KC Amateur Radio Satellite Team at http://kd0hkd.com and if you want to check out our fishing exploits, go to http://purplesage.biz/fishing

We look forward to hearing you on the birds, and maybe we'll meet you at the Nixa Amateur Radio Club!

6:00 P M, Saturday, October 8, 2011
Nixa Amateur Radio Club
Nixa Fire Department, 301 Nicholas Road, Nixa, Missouri
http://www.nixahams.net 

73

Randy Schulze - KDØHKD
Kansas City, Missouri

 


Re: First satellite contact -- AO-51

w5pfg <kayakfishtx@...>
 

Good job making that first contact!

You make a very good point -- NOW is the time to get on AO-51. It is
working marvelously considering it's battery condition.
Weekend and even weekday passes over the continental US can sometimes be
intimidating, but are almost always workable. The non-stop, rapid-fire
calling you described is worse on some passes than others. Consider
working SO-50. It can be challenging (polarization shifts, etc) but is
a good bird if you treat her right.

I always try to get people onto the "early" passes before 12:00 UTC.
Other favorable passes are ones to the far east or west of the
continental US. If it's an 80 degree pass over Texas, I can expect to
get every Tom, Dick, and Harry battling for that last grid on earth.

73
Clayton
W5PFG


--- In Work-Sat@yahoogroups.com, "kd7dny" <kd7dny.1@...> wrote:

Listening to ARISSAT-1 has been fun but it gets even better when you
can talk thru one of the FM satellites like AO-51.
I made my first satellite contact yesterday afternoon after getting
home from work. I had less than 10 minutes to get ready - set up the PC
for tracking and sound recording, get the home-made Yagi and two
hand-helds out to the back yard, etc. (I made all of the interconnects
and strapping the radios to the handle of the Yagi the night before.) I
listened for several minutes then during a lull, I hit the mic button.
Three stations came back acknowledging my callsign and grid location,
all in less than 60 seconds. After that the satellite faded away.
Maximum elevation was 22 degrees.
That was a thrill. Now I'm hooked. If anyone out there is on the
fence, now is the time to act. AO-51 may not be around much longer due
to its on-going battery issue.
What I found interesting is that the weekend passes are extremely busy
with non-stop, rapid-fire calls. During the week, some of the ops had
time to chat. But best of all, they had patience to work thru my first
contact attempt. Thank you to AA5PK, KG6NUB and K0BAM for answering my
call.

73,
Walter, kd7dny - DM43 Arizona
(copper wire Yagi, Heath HW2M Tx, Icom IC-T70A Rx)


Re: KD0HKD thought you might like this item on eBay

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Just be careful ... They're back up to $150-155 brand new and warranteed ...

Clint


KD0HKD thought you might like this item on eBay

Randy Schulze
 


Re: First satellite contact -- AO-51

W3FIS <deadgoose@...>
 

In contrast, I live on the east coast. If I work a satellite to my west, I can count on it being crowded, as the footprint covers a large part of the US. If I work one out over the Atlantic Ocean, things are MUCH easier. Time of day is also important. If you have some opportunities during the week, so much the better.

/paul W3FIS


Where's UARS?

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

NASA just Twitted ...

Re-entry is expected between 11:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and 12:45 a.m., Sept. 24, Eastern Daylight Time (3:45 a.m. to 4:45 a.m. GMT). The satellite should be passing over Canada and Africa, as well as vast areas of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.

NASA will be updating this shortly ...


Clint Bradford
clintbradford@mac.com


Re: ARISSat-1 Survey

fejohnso
 

Sent mine in, hope they pay attention to all of the answers.
Forrest, KC9JFX


--- On Fri, 9/23/11, K6LCS wrote:

From: K6LCS
Subject: [Work-Sat] ARISSat-1 Survey
To: Work-Sat@...
Date: Friday, September 23, 2011, 12:48 PM

 

The ARISSat-1 team has put together a SurveyMonkey survey ... If you happened to use work-sat.com for ARISat-1 info, there's a question where you can "write in" our Web site!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/arissat1-operation

Clint


ARISSat-1 Survey

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

The ARISSat-1 team has put together a SurveyMonkey survey ... If you happened to use work-sat.com for ARISat-1 info, there's a question where you can "write in" our Web site!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/arissat1-operation

Clint


Re: First satellite contact -- AO-51

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Great job, Walter!

Clint


First satellite contact -- AO-51

Walter (kd7dny)
 

Listening to ARISSAT-1 has been fun but it gets even better when you can talk thru one of the FM satellites like AO-51.
I made my first satellite contact yesterday afternoon after getting home from work. I had less than 10 minutes to get ready - set up the PC for tracking and sound recording, get the home-made Yagi and two hand-helds out to the back yard, etc. (I made all of the interconnects and strapping the radios to the handle of the Yagi the night before.) I listened for several minutes then during a lull, I hit the mic button. Three stations came back acknowledging my callsign and grid location, all in less than 60 seconds. After that the satellite faded away. Maximum elevation was 22 degrees.
That was a thrill. Now I'm hooked. If anyone out there is on the fence, now is the time to act. AO-51 may not be around much longer due to its on-going battery issue.
What I found interesting is that the weekend passes are extremely busy with non-stop, rapid-fire calls. During the week, some of the ops had time to chat. But best of all, they had patience to work thru my first contact attempt. Thank you to AA5PK, KG6NUB and K0BAM for answering my call.

73,
Walter, kd7dny - DM43 Arizona
(copper wire Yagi, Heath HW2M Tx, Icom IC-T70A Rx)


Sounds of NASA

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

THE SOUNDS OF NASA AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- Historic and interesting sounds and sound
bites from NASA space missions are available for download as
ringtones or on your computer for events, errors, alarms and
notifications.

The public now can hear the roar of a space shuttle launch or Neil
Armstrong's, "One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for
mankind," every time they get a phone call. A new NASA web page now
has a collection of more than 35 different sounds, each approximately
20 seconds. Examples include:

- Apollo 13's John "Jack" Swigert commenting "Houston, we have a
problem"
- Crackle of the historic last launch of the space shuttle, STS-135
- Segments from President John F. Kennedy's historic moon speech
- Sound wave conversions of the light curve waves created by stars
discovered by NASA's Kepler mission and other sounds of planets and
stars

"NASA has been making historic sounds for over 50 years," said Jerry
Colen, NASA App project manager at the agency's Ames Research Center
in Moffett Field, Calif. "Now we're making some of these memorable
sounds easy to find and use."

The NASA sounds are available in both MP3 and M4R (iPhone) files. NASA
will update the collection as new sounds become available. To listen
to and download the sounds, visit:


http://www.nasa.gov/connect/sounds


The NASA App for Android allows users to easily preview and set the
sounds as ringtones.

To download the most recent version of the NASA App for Android,
visit:


https://market.android.com/details?id=gov.nasa


-end-


Re: SatPC 32 Manual

John Mcfadden <jmcf2005@...>
 

Hi Steve,

Here is the link to the Downloads page on the SatPC 32 website. In addition to other information, there are links to download the manual

http://www.dk1tb.de/downloadeng.htm

Cheers,

John
W6KJL

--- In Work-Sat@yahoogroups.com, "Steve" <stevebrody@...> wrote:

I would like to increase my knowledge of SatPC 32 and was wondering if anyone can provide directions to a user manual. My CD does not have one and the software HELP is limited.
Thanks
Steve
N1AB


SatPC 32 Manual

Steve <stevebrody@...>
 

I would like to increase my knowledge of SatPC 32 and was wondering if anyone can provide directions to a user manual. My CD does not have one and the software HELP is limited.
Thanks
Steve
N1AB


Re: Yaesu VX8 Series HT Setup Guide for ISS APRS

Doug Cook
 

Sorry folks, something is wrong with the link I posted. It's in the files section.

Doug


Re: Yaesu VX8 Series HT Setup Guide for ISS APRS

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Doug - I cannot get the URL to work ... Could you upload it to the FILES area here?

Clint


Yaesu VX8 Series HT Setup Guide for ISS APRS

Doug Cook
 

I have written a thorough guide to walk a hamsat novice or new user of the Yeasu VX8 series of radios on how to setup to make contact with the APRS digipeater onboard the International Space Station.

Today's HT's can be so complicated with features, it can be a challenge to find the information you need to know to work your radio.  This guide explains it to walk someone to their first APRS QSO with the ISS.

A one-page summary setup sheet is enclosed at the end for easy reference.

QRP to the ISS APRS with the Yaesu VX8 Series.pdf 

Doug
KD5PDN


Baofeng UV-3R

deadgoose38 <deadgoose@...>
 

Programmed up my Baofeng UV-3R today for AO-27 and SO-50 today. Hooked it up to my Arrow. Solid copy and one QSO on a 25 degree pass. Quite amazing what you can do with 2 watts. The receiver is rated the same as my Wouxun HT.

/paul W3FIS


Re: SSTV and THD72A

Siegfried Jackstien
 

The built in tnc is for packet ... so for sstv you need a simple audio modem
not a packet modem

you can try a direct to soundcard connection (power divider with some
resistors for not overdriving on transmitting side) ...

You will find lots of circuits in the net ... any psk31 etc modem will work
For sstv I would highly recommend using mmsstv

Easy to use, freeware and lots of sstv modes built in

Now if you wanna receive some nice sstv pics from our blue marble turn your
dial to 145.950 and receive some pics from arissat-1 :-)
Greetz
Sigi
Dg9bfc

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von w5mdp
Gesendet: Freitag, 16. September 2011 00:22
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Betreff: [Work-Sat] SSTV and THD72A



I am just getting started and have recieved some packets from the ISS and
enjoying it so far. I would like to try SSTV. Is there anyone who has has
good success with SSTV and the Kenwood THD72A and the built-in TNC? I
would like to know what software has been used successfully with this
handheld.




SSTV and THD72A

w5mdp
 

I am just getting started and have recieved some packets from the ISS and enjoying it so far. I would like to try SSTV. Is there anyone who has has good success with SSTV and the Kenwood THD72A and the built-in TNC? I would like to know what software has been used successfully with this handheld.


Re: Question on "Eggbeater-style" antennas

daron wilson
 

There was a really good article by LB Cebik published in QST a few years
back
which is available on the web at :

http://www.w8mwa.org/Moxon_Sat_Ant.pdf

This may be the same antenna that was referred to in a previous post on
this topic.

It looks like it is pretty easy and cheap to build.
Building them is a challenge. I've got an Anritsu sitemaster antenna
analyzer, and even with quality test equipment, I could never get them down
to the SWR promised. The plans don't indicate if the dimensions are
outside, center of the element, etc. and it took a lot of snipping and
adjusting to get it close, then I ended up adding a cap to get it usable.

At any rate, they seem to perform well, even though they were tough to tune.

73

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