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Re: YOUR Assistance Needed!

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

I just created a quickie, anonymous survey for the Work-Sat site ...
Geeze, twenty-eight of you have taken the time to complete the "customer satisfaction" survey - and your input has been extremely helpful. MANY THANKS for helping me make the Work-Sat site better for all!

Clint


Re: Made my first contact!

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Good job, Michael!

Clint


usa today site iss

John Moncak
 

thanks clint cool site


Made my first contact!

MichaelE <k4moa@...>
 

Hey everyone,

I wanted to let everyone know that I made my first contact with a satellite today.

I worked K4T on SO-50 this morning. I am sure most have heard that K4T is currently in the Dry Tortugas worked them with my VX-7 and a Arrow Antenna.

I received my Arrow antenna for Christmas and today was the first time I have had the opportunity to get the antenna out (of the package) due to the cold weather, sicknesses and just being busy. This morning I got up and saw how pretty it was outside I had to get out for a bit.

I have tried to listen to SO-50 with my AL-800 antenna in the past and I could barely hear anything, I never felt comfortable attempting to make a contact on it. Today I could hear them almost from the horizon and picked them up perfect as they went over.

I wanted to get on here and thank Clint and everyone who had offered me so much advice over the past several months.

I look forward to making more contacts with you guys in the future...

Take care,

Michael, K4MOA


See ISS as it Grows

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Thanks, Dennis Minnick, for this link.

Watch the pieces come together as they are sent up from Earth. This is the International Space Station (ISS) Assembly diagram, piece by piece. I had no idea the Space Station had grown to this size. Watch the left hand corner for dates.

http://i.usatoday.net/tech/graphics/iss_timeline/flash.htm


Re: ARISSat-1

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

ARISS is working on the equipment for the new project. I'll post pertinent milestones here ... and, YES, I'll prepare a document on how to monitor it once it's tossed into space!

Clint


Re: YOUR Assistance Needed!

Rick Adams
 

Clint,
 
Fine job.  I like it.
 
Rick KD6ODU


--- On Wed, 3/10/10, K6LCS wrote:

From: K6LCS
Subject: [Work-Sat] YOUR Assistance Needed!
To: Work-Sat@...
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 6:44 PM

 
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



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

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