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Re: success and maybe an arrow

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... .I use an Elk dual-band log periodic yagi with my FT-60R and works great. Doesnt need that duplexer, like the Arrow, but the price is just abit cheaper than the Arrow ...
They're within fifteen bucks of each other now ...

I own both. I just feel the Arrow "captures" more solidly than the Elk - but you are correct: Both make working the FM birds breeze!

Clint


Re: success and maybe an arrow

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... finally had success with AO51 with my FT60 and a smiley 270A ...
Outstanding news!

... still on the fence about getting an arrow ...
Well, if the cost is a factor, build a dual-band Yagi for twenty bucks or less - and see the difference such a directional antenna makes for you!

Plans all over the 'Net - as well as a couple URLs at ...

http://www.work-sat.com

Clint


Re: success and maybe an arrow

w6zkh@...
 

Correct url for last picture:  http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu207/w6zkh/Vacation2009030.jpg

John


----- Original Message -----
From: w6zkh@...
To: Work-Sat@...
Cc: "amsat-bb"
Sent: Friday, November 6, 2009 7:47:37 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Re: [Work-Sat] success and maybe an arrow

 

Loren......I use an Elk dual-band log periodic yagi with my FT-60R and works great.  Doesnt need that diplexer, like the Arrow,  but the price is just abit cheaper than the Arrow.  Also breaks down into a nice package, and I made an ABS tube for mine to carry it in.  Sort of an overkill, but at least it wont get crushed by an 18 wheeler.  I used the HT/Elk setup on a 3 week vacation last month to back into Georgia, and worked quite a bit of grids locations and also stations with good success.

http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu207/w6zkh/Vacation2009033.jpg

http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu207/w6zkh/Vacation2009034.jpg

http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu207/26zkh/Vacation2009030.jpg

John W6ZKH
DM06

----- Original Message -----
From: "k7cwq"
To: Work-Sat@...
Sent: Friday, November 6, 2009 6:37:22 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: [Work-Sat] success and maybe an arrow

 

finally had success with AO51 with my FT60 and a smiley 270A.
two qsl cards will be going out in the mail. still on the fence about getting an arrow.


Re: success and maybe an arrow

w6zkh@...
 

Loren......I use an Elk dual-band log periodic yagi with my FT-60R and works great.  Doesnt need that diplexer, like the Arrow,  but the price is just abit cheaper than the Arrow.  Also breaks down into a nice package, and I made an ABS tube for mine to carry it in.  Sort of an overkill, but at least it wont get crushed by an 18 wheeler.  I used the HT/Elk setup on a 3 week vacation last month to back into Georgia, and worked quite a bit of grids locations and also stations with good success.

http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu207/w6zkh/Vacation2009033.jpg

http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu207/w6zkh/Vacation2009034.jpg

http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu207/26zkh/Vacation2009030.jpg

John W6ZKH
DM06


----- Original Message -----
From: "k7cwq"
To: Work-Sat@...
Sent: Friday, November 6, 2009 6:37:22 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: [Work-Sat] success and maybe an arrow

 

finally had success with AO51 with my FT60 and a smiley 270A.
two qsl cards will be going out in the mail. still on the fence about getting an arrow.


success and maybe an arrow

k7cwq <lorenrasmussen@...>
 

finally had success with AO51 with my FT60 and a smiley 270A.
two qsl cards will be going out in the mail. still on the fence about getting an arrow.


Re: Introduction

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Hello, Ed!

... a pair of FT-817ND's ...
One of them will suffice ... they can be programmed in "split frequency" mpde, where it will receive on 440 and transmit on 2M.

It's on page 45 on my FT-817 manual. But if you're using software to program your '817s, it's even easier to do.

... an Arrow II antenna with duplexer on the way ...
With its single antenna lead from its duplexer, it's a great antenna for the '817!

... satellite tracking app on my iPod touch ...
Which one did you choose? Have you "double-checked" its readings with, say, the AMSAT site? Or Heavens-Above.com? Or, for AO-51, I have a live tracking widget for AO-51 at ...

http://www.work-sat.com

You've got the "satellite bug," Ed!

Clint, K6LCS


Introduction

flhtci97 <flhtci97@...>
 

Hello Everyone,

This is Ed N0EHQ and I'm a complete newbie with my only knowledge of satellites is that "they're up there somewhere".

Anyway, I have a pair of FT-817ND's currently on hand and an Arrow II antenna with duplexer on the way to be delivered to my house. I have a satellite tracking app on my iPod touch as of yesterday evening. So from an equipment standpoint I think I'm set up.

I'm sure I'll be needing some help from you experts here on the list so I'll try not to be too big of a pest.

73 Ed N0EHQ


Re: I keep trying....

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... FT-60R ... Smiley 270A ...
... I have been recognized twice ... weak ...
Are you "getting perpendicular" to the satellite with your antenna?

You ARE making contacts!

Sounds like you are doing everything correctly. Just make sure the satellite you are working is in V/U mode.

If it doesn't improve for you, you may want to try building a simple (and inexpensive!) dual-band Yagi. Plans are on ...

http://www.work-sat.com

Clint


I keep trying....

k7cwq <lorenrasmussen@...>
 

I have an FT60 and have it programmed, per example, for AO51.
I am using the smiley 270A.
I have been listening to passes (only passes of more than 45')for a couple of weeks now. I can easily hear some qso's, but have been unable to make contact. I have been recognized twice, I can hear someone refer to a weak handheld. I figure if I keep at it I will experience the joy of a qso. Am I the only one?


California - Daylight Savings TIme Ends

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Don't forget to adjust your PDAs, home clocks, computers, and satellite tracking software programs for the end of Daylight Savings Time thius weekend!

Clint


Presentation Schedule

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Upcoming presentations and demonstrations ...

November 5 - Crest REACT (Corona)
November 8 - QCWA Chapter 7 (Norwalk)
November 19 - South Bay ARC - (Torrance)*
December 1 - Bloomington, Minnesota ARA (via EchoLink)

Reply here or send me email for detaiuls - ALL are welcome to attend these sessions!

Clint, K6LCS
909-241-7666


AO-51 in V/US Mode Rest of October

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

FM Repeater, V/US
Uplink: 145.920 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.300 *and* 2401.200 MHz FM

Any one working with 2.4GHz receivers?

Clint


Scan or Manual Tune?

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Q. Thanks for all the information. Following your example, I put the AO51 freqs in memory bank 1. When attempting to work the sat, do you scan 101-105 or manually tune?

A. Since you need to open squelch all the way, SCANning won't work. Just tune ABOVE the center freq as you ACQUIRE (ABOVE - ACQUIRE) - back and forth until tou start to capture the satellite.

Clint


Re: ISS Questions

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Mode U/V (B) FM Voice Repeater (Worldwide): Operational
Uplink: 437.8000 MHz FM
Downlink 145.8000 MHz FM

ARISS
1 25544U 98067A 09298.32721882 .00027754 00000-0 18307-3 0 8492
2 25544 51.6432 358.5031 0006606 245.5733 205.9583 15.75373828626459

When the system is in cross-band repeat mode the packet system is turned off and vice-versa.

The ISS daily crew schedule can be found at ...

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/timelines/

Remember that the crew operates on UTC time. The timelines are sent to the crew in Russian, and partially translated for ground controllers in America. No all-English translations are available at this time.

Current ARISS News is available at the ARISS page. Additional information is available at ...

http://www.rac.ca/ariss/.


Clint


ISS Questions

CatzMeow
 

Trying to set up my FT-60 to catch the ISS when it's "overhead" and had a couple of questions:

Nasa shows a "Worldwide Downlink for Voice" as 145.80
and then a "Region 2 voice uplink" as 144.49

Then it also has a "Worldwide uplink for cross band voice repeater" at 437.80.

Does this mean the ISS also has a repeater like AO-51? Meaning, I key up on 437.80 and it's sent out at 145.80?

And then does that mean that if I want to talk to cosmonauts in the ISS, I key up on 144.49 but still listen at 145.80?

Is there a CTSS tone? I couldn't find one on NASA's site...has anyone made contact with the ISS? Used their repeater?

Thanks,
-Ed-


Re: programming the ft-60r

ve3kko@...
 

I have been to that site and i have used the "save page as" many times:)
I have some reading to do now.
Thanks for the link and the help.
73
Lewis
ve3kko.



K6LCS writes:

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@...
 

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

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