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Re: programming the ft-60r

ve3kko@...
 

I reprogrammed it and now it seems to be working.
Thank you
Lewis
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K6LCS writes:

... the first time i tried to program it,it did not change frequency, now it does ...
Hmmm ... Just make sure ALL the channels operate properly (if you programmed per the suggested chart of two "steps" above and below the center frequency). And there's NO CTCSS / PL on the TX of AO-51 .... Clint


Re: programming the ft-60r

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... the first time i tried to program it,it did not change frequency, now it does ...
Hmmm ...

Just make sure ALL the channels operate properly (if you programmed per the suggested chart of two "steps" above and below the center frequency).

And there's NO CTCSS / PL on the TX of AO-51 ....

Clint


Re: programming the ft-60r

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Funny, i thought that working the satellites involved ssb rather than fm.
You are correct - there are several amateur SSB / CW birds to work!

My "mantra" the past couple of years is to get folks who though it beyond their means interested in working the "easy satellites" - AO-51 and SO-50.

But you can look at this page ...

http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/status.php

... and see the status of the other operational amateur satellites!

Clint


Re: programming the ft-60r

ve3kko@...
 

Clint,
I forgot to mention that the first time i tried to program it,it did not change frequency, now it does.

Thanks
Lewis
ve3kko



K6LCS writes:

Sorry for the delay in replying ... a simple, should-have-been two-hour brake job on my wife's car turned into an 8+ hour comedy of errors ... OK - When I key my FT-60R's mic on my split freq channels in Freq Display mode, the display DOES change from showing the downlink 440 freq to the 2M uplink freq. I believe this would be the same behavior on the European FT-60E. Do you have a second HT or scanner that you can set up to receive - and check to see if your radio is behaving correctly? Clint


Re: programming the ft-60r

ve3kko@...
 

Hi Clint,
Thank you for answering.
I know all to well about automotive delays, no problem.
You did answer my question though.
I tried again and i got it!
Funny, i thought that working the satellites involved ssb
rather than fm.

Thanks Clint.
73
Lewis
ve3kko




K6LCS writes:

Sorry for the delay in replying ... a simple, should-have-been two-hour brake job on my wife's car turned into an 8+ hour comedy of errors ... OK - When I key my FT-60R's mic on my split freq channels in Freq Display mode, the display DOES change from showing the downlink 440 freq to the 2M uplink freq. I believe this would be the same behavior on the European FT-60E. Do you have a second HT or scanner that you can set up to receive - and check to see if your radio is behaving correctly? Clint


Re: programming the ft-60r

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Sorry for the delay in replying ... a simple, should-have-been two-hour brake job on my wife's car turned into an 8+ hour comedy of errors ...

OK - When I key my FT-60R's mic on my split freq channels in Freq Display mode, the display DOES change from showing the downlink 440 freq to the 2M uplink freq.

I believe this would be the same behavior on the European FT-60E.

Do you have a second HT or scanner that you can set up to receive - and check to see if your radio is behaving correctly?

Clint


Re: programming the ft-60r

ve3kko@...
 

Hi Clint,
yes they do.
When i key up, the display doesnt change.
Thanks
Lewis



Clint Bradford writes:

Do the "+" and "-" appear in the display when receiving? I am not home ... I'll put one of my FT-60R units in FREQ mode, and see what it does later tonight! Clint Bradford ----------------------------------
Clint Bradford, K6LCS
http://www.clintbradford.com


Re: programming the ft-60r

Clint Bradford <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Do the "+" and "-" appear in the display when receiving?

I am not home ... I'll put one of my FT-60R units in FREQ mode, and see what it does later tonight!

Clint Bradford




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Clint Bradford, K6LCS
http://www.clintbradford.com


programming the ft-60r

Lewis <ve3kko@...>
 

Hi,
I am new to satellite tracking and i have questions.
I just purchased a new FT-60R and i "think" i have it programmed to work the AO-51 satellite.
Should the radio display change frequency as i go from tx to rx?
Thanks
Best regards
Lewis
ve3kko


Satellite Awards

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

AMSAT offers the Satellite Communicators' Club award certificate. Make one satellite contact. Send the report of your contact, plus $1.00 for AMSAT members or $2.00 for non-members. Please include 2 units of postage from the US to your location to cover the cost of mailing. (If you pay for your award through the store this will be added to your total.) Send your application to ...

AMSAT-NA Director of Contests and Awards
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
P.O. Box 310
Alief, TX 77411-0310

More AMSAT awards info at ...

http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/awards/

And the ARRL offers a couple of awards the sat folks have earned -

Worked All Continents Award (WAC) - Make one satellite contact with any station on each of the six continents.DXCC Award with Satellite Endorsement. Make one satellite contact with any station in 100 different DXCC countries.

Worked All States Award - Make one satellite contact with any station in each of the 50 states.

VHF/UHF Century Club Award - Make one satellite contact with any station in 100 different grid squares. Endorsements for each additional 25 grid squares.

More info at ...

http://www.arrl.org

Clint


Re: Contact! (Sort of)

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Give me one more day to post AMSAT sat awards info ... just returned from a JOTA event ....

Clint


JOTA Ops

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Thank you, Mexico!
Thank you, Northern California and AMSAT Patrick!
Thank you, Texas!

(That IS three countries, isn't it ???)

I was invited MONTHS ago to show off AMSAT at the Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club's JOTA at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds. It's an hour drive each way for me ... there ARE "closer" JOTA events occurring ... But Victorville was the first to ask ...

We had a GREAT time. Arrived at 1PM for lunch, set up out informal table for the scouts to visit, and then had the wonderful pass of AO-51 at 5:55PM local time. I did NOT record the pass to initiate QSL cards - but will certainly respond to ANY of the 8+ contacts we made on both the special JOTA repeater and the "normal" V/U repeater. (That's INCLUDING Patrick, who I think had one foot in New Mexico and the other in Arizona ...)

Wonderful kids ... supportive parents ... Elmers from as far away as San Diego (150 miles' drive each way). Even got my wife to go with me this time, right after her month-long trip to Tibet. Ya know when you can impress your spouse, you've accomplished SOMEthing! We couldn't spend the night, as both our horse and burro(*) called us to remind us of their regular evening feeding.

Seeing scores of kids that age as interested in amateur radio and electronics and mathematics as these kids were - just makes me believe that the next generation of policy makers were in the audience ....

Clint Bradford, K6LCS
http://www.work-sat.com

(*) - Yes - If you have read my "bio" that's all over the 'Net, I do, indeed, own a burro. "His name" - you might ask? "Edward R. Burro."


Re: Contact! (Sort of)

CatzMeow
 

Neat, Thanks!!!

Sent from my iPod

On Oct 12, 2009, at 8:41 PM, "K6LCS" <clintbrad4d@...> wrote:

 

>> ... and I figured out "they're talking to me!!"

YOU just caught THE BUG, Ed!!!

>> ... the lightning speed these guys talk as they pass over ... I couldn't remember the call signs ...

Got a little tape recorder that you can slip into your shirt pocket? You can record your sessions, and play 'em back later to copy down the callsigns. You'll get to recognize voices after a while ...

You just qualified for an AMSAT award! I'll post details on this tomorrow.

Clint


AO-51 for JOTA this Weekend

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Jamboree on the Air V/U repeater is now on, 145.88/435.15 @ 780 mW.

JOTA QSOs only please!

145.92/435.3 is on for general use @ 450mW.


DEMO - Victor Valley JOTA, 10/17/2009, 12:00 pm

Work-Sat@...
 

Reminder from:   Work-Sat Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   DEMO - Victor Valley JOTA
 
Date:   Saturday October 17, 2009
Time:   12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location:   Apple Valley
Notes:   Scores and scores of Boy Scouts for this annual event. Tentative satellite pass ;ate afternoon.
 
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Which New HT to Buy?

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Q. Clint, I&#145;m in the market to buy a new dual band handheld. What are your recommendations? I was informed Yaesu is hard to beat for the receiver part. What is your preference?

A. The only TRUE "full-duplex" HT on the market right now is the new Alinco model. But it suffers terribly with poor RX sensitivity on the sub-band nd, for the mlment, shoulnd not be seriously considered as a "true, full-duplex" HT.

A definition is in order here. "True full-duplex" means one can key the mic on one band, and hear the sub-band. Like the old Icom IC-W32a, and others. Radios like the VX-8 and TH-F6a may have dual RX VFOs, but key their mics, and you do not hear anything on the sub-band.

But as you saw at the demo, it is NOT mandatory to operate true full-duplex on the FM birds. Oh, it's better, I suppose, if you can hear yourself on the downlink. But think of how you operate on terrestrial repeaters: You wait for a break in a conversation, and announce yourself. You do NOT intentionally step on anyone. Same with the FM satellites: Wait for a break in the action, and announce yourself ...

With all that being said, my favorite 2M/440 is still the Yaesu FT-60R.A thousand memories. Receives (essentially) 108-to-a-gig. Bulletproof case design. LARGE display. PLENTY of RX audio. Strongest belt clip of any HT chassis on the market. And it does allow "split freq programming" on a channel (page 28 of the manual - "Odd Splits").

And the FT-60R has a battery situation most other HTs do NOT offer: Slap the optional FBA-25 AA Alkaline case on the FT-60R with NiMH or alkalines in it, and you have FULL TX POWER AVAILABLE if you need it. Try that on the Kenwood TH-F6a, and you have a whopping 1/2-of-one-Watt TX power!

The FT-60R isn't the most expensive HT out there ... nor the least expensive. But it is a tremendous value selling at under $200.

BUT if you need 220 capability, the Kenwood TH-F6a offers 2M/220/440 ops, each band at full TX power with the stock battery pack.

Please let me know if you have any other questions ... I *DO* have opinions ... (grin)

Clint


HANDLE for Arrow Antenna

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Q. Where did you get that handle for the Arrow antenna, I have looked around but unable to find it?

A. You're gonna hate me for this ... But it's a simple Stanley(tm) hacksaw handle, available at your local home improvement shop!

I have since "modded" / "improved" the setup even further, by adding a little HT "tray" at that end of the Arrow boom. Pics will be posted over the weekend.

Clint


MORE: BNC-to-SMA Adapters

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Q. Could you also tell me the name of the rigid SMA to BNC connector that was
on your radio? I cannot remember the name. Again, the demo was great and I am really excited to try out satellite communication and thank you in advance for your help.


A. Just go to the FILES section right here, and download the .pdf file I created for the Stephen Gulyas BNC-to-SMA adapters!

Clint


FT-60R Audio Accessories - Plug/Jack Design

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... The only thing I don't like is how easy it is to pull out the speaker-mic connection a little and ground the PTT line ...
Agreed. There's no "locking" mechanism for audio accessories on the FT-60R and related HTs.

I "cured" this by using a Lance Armstrong LIVESTRONG rubbery charity/cause bracelet that fits snugly around the HT *and* the head of the speaker-mic's plug. Support your favorite charity - AND keep the speaker-mic connected at the same time!

Clint


Kenwood TH-F6a vs. Yaesu FT-60R

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

From the mail folder ...

Clint,

Thanks very much for your reply to my AMSAT BB post regarding the Kenwood TH-F6 for AO-51 and SO-50.

Prior to your reply I had not considered the Yaesu FT-60R. I ultimately decided to go with the FT-60R. I don't need a 220 HT and the TH-F6 is overkill for my needs.

The FT-60R with a speaker mic and SMA-BNC adapter was about $235 from HRO. I set up a group of memories for AO-51 and I was pleasantly surprised that it will store "Odd-Split" memories with the RX in one band and the TX in the other band……….. very similar to the Yaesu FT-817.

My first AO-51 pass was at 2240 hours on 12/13/08, a 36 degree maximum elevation pass starting south moving to the northeast. First station worked was Bill, NZ5N/6Y5, in FK-18 . First satellite contact for me in Jamaica. Once the 6Y5 pile up faded as he lost the bird, I worked 4 other stations. KD0AR, who I have worked many times, commented that I had a good signal. The RX signal was comparable to what I am used to hearing with the FT-817. I used an Arrow antenna and power was at 5 watts.

The FT-60R is very easy to use once programmed. Also, I am going to try using the "center" SO-50 RX frequency stored in a single odd-split memory in conjunction with the memory offset tuning feature and see how that works compared to a bank of memories with the stored Doppler RX frequencies.

The FT-60R is a very sturdy feeling radio, the belt clip is the best I've ever seen, and I really like the knobs on top……. Volume, squelch, and freq/channel step are exactly what should be on the top controls. The backlighting switch on the side and three power levels are also right on the money. The only thing I don't like is how easy it is to pull out the speaker-mic connection a little and ground the PTT line. I routed the mic cable behind the belt clip and that helps but it is still a poor design. Oh well, I'm not perfect either, just ask my wife!

Anyway, thanks for the great advice and you saved me about $135 compared to the TH-F6 with a speaker mic and SMA-BNC adapter.

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