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Re: grid squares

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

A friend here using Norton anti-virus is running into a "trojan alert" when trying to install ...

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

The software author HAS heard of this before:

"It is unfortunate that they don't provide you with a trojan horse name. How in the world are you going to be able to resolve the issue if you don't know what virus might attack you... If you ever find out a way to extract the trojan horse the antivirus is complaining about, let me know. The executable was cleanly compiled in Delphi 3 (Object-Oriented Pascal) two years ago. My website is hosted by GoDaddy.com, one of the biggest in the world. And it resides on their Unix servers. No Windows trojans there!

"Please disregard this alert. Turn off the Antivirus, install the program, delete the installation executable and re-enable the Antivirus. There is absolutely nothing I can do at my end."

The software author IS a fellow ham. There ARE thousands of people using his program who are enjoying it. All I can say is that for me, personally, Norton has NEVER improved system efficiency or enjoyment when I was working under MS Windows for many years. But that's OLD news. And I know of a couple members here that ARE running Worded Grids with NOI problems whatsoever.

And so it goes ....

Clint Bradford


Satellite Demo/Presentation in Placentia, CA 04/13/10

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

AMSAT area coordinator Clint Bradford, K6LCS, will be
presenting his "Working Amateur Satellites With Your HT"
multimedia session at the April 13, 2010 meeting of
the Placentia RACES organization. All are welcome to attend.

"Tentatively, we'll have a workable pass of AO-51 at
6:05PM that evening," Clint reports. If you would like to
show up early, Clint will be working the satellite from the
parking lot.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Placentia RACES meeting starts at 7PM
City of Placentia Police Department / City Hall Conference Room

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@clintbradford.com


Our 100th Member!

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

N6GOZ was our 100th subscriber to the Work-Sat YahooGroup!

Privately send me your mailing address, Mike, for your prize:

A laminated AMSAT Satellite Frequency Guide!

Clint, K6LCS


Re: grid squares

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

I tried to download the install file for Worked Gridsquares ...
Thanks for the news. I, too, have written the author, Until you or I find out what's happening, I have deleted the other messages regarding this program.

Which still leaves us, apparently, looking for "grid squares worked" programs for Windows. Anyone have any suggestions???

Clint


Re: working satellites with a VX-8R

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

And AO-51 is in "our" mode - V/U - right now!

If you're down here next week, I am giving my "Work Sats with Your HT" presentation for the Placentia RACES club on April 13 - all are invited!

Clint, K6LCS
909-241-7666

THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THE INFO, JUST GETTING INTO HAND HELD SAT WORK.


Lithium-Air Batteries Promising

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Lithium-air battery technology looks to have a big future. With the potential of providing energy densities up to three times that of the conventional lithium-ion batteries found in just about every portable consumer electronics device going around (not to mention the incoming wave of electric vehicles), many companies, including IBM and General Motors are pursuing work on lithium-air batteries. Now researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough that could help make the commercial development of lightweight rechargeable batteries a reality.

Interesting article at ...

http://tinyurl.com/li-air

Clint


Re: working satellites with a VX-8R

perryc <canoeman@...>
 

THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THE INFO, JUST GETTING INTO HAND HELD SAT WORK.
KE6ANM

--- In Work-Sat@yahoogroups.com, "K6LCS" <clintbrad4d@...> wrote:

Sure. Look at page 48 of the manual. Yaesu calls it "Odd Splits." The VX-8R - as are the VX-6R, VX-7R, and FT-60R - can transmit on 2M while receiving on 440 in one channel.

Use the same programming guide for the VX-8R as in the tutorial at ...

http://www.work-sat.com

Clint

--- In Work-Sat@yahoogroups.com, "perryc" <canoeman@> wrote:

any one have any luck working a sat with VX-8r and a dual band arrow antenna?
tried to watch vimeo video, but vimeo wont work for me.


Re: aluminum extension tripod radio cradle brackets for arrow antennas for sal

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

I'd also like to see a photo of the extension ...
Here's mine ... quite secure ...

http://web.me.com/clintbradford/k6lcs/Photos/Photos.html

Clint


Re: Assistance with logging while working AO-51 and others

Amir K9CHP
 

My preferred way is to connect the voice recorder via a audio splitter to the duplex radio so that it will record what's heard on the air only. This way, it still gives you a back up for demos and you don't record the environmental noise etc. But it also is one more cord to deal with.

 

 

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73 de K9CHP Amir Findling, Member ARRL, ARRL/ W5YI VE, WAC, WAS, DXCC

www.K9CHP.net Blog: http://k9chp.blogspot.com

Eagle Valley Search Dogs, Senior K9 Handler

K9 Certification Tester, NYS Federation of Search Teams

1st Special Response Group (1SRG)


On 4/6/2010 03:10, K6LCS wrote:
 

>> ... I had the HT in one hand ...

I don't see the problem, Pat. HT in one hand. Speaker-mic in another. Arrow antenna in another hand. PDA with tracking software in another hand. Pencil in another hand. Clipboard and paper in another ...

(grin)

Although I don't use one when I do demos, I - like the others who've already answered - use a little digital recorder to record passes.

Clint, K6LCS
909-241-7666


Re: Assistance with logging while working AO-51 and others

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... I had the HT in one hand ...
I don't see the problem, Pat. HT in one hand. Speaker-mic in another. Arrow antenna in another hand. PDA with tracking software in another hand. Pencil in another hand. Clipboard and paper in another ...

(grin)

Although I don't use one when I do demos, I - like the others who've already answered - use a little digital recorder to record passes.

Clint, K6LCS
909-241-7666


AO-51 April Schedule

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

April 2010 AO-51 Schedule

April 5 - April 11

FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink: 145.920 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM

April 12 - April 18

FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink: 145.920 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM

FM Repeater, V/U to support the Boy Scout 100th anniversary
Uplink: 145.880 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.150 MHz FM

April 19 - April 25

FM Repeater, V/S
Uplink: 145.880 MHz FM
Downlink: 2401.200 MHz FM

April 26 - May 2

FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink: 145.920 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM

FM Repeater, L/U (Subject to frequent interruption for telemetry collection)
Uplink: 1268.700 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.150 MHz FM

73, Drew KO4MA
AMSAT-NA VP Operations

AO-51 Echo Mode Suggestion Email Address

mailto:ao51-modes@amsat.org?subject=AO51%20web%20page%20request

The AO-51 Operations Group is made up of Amsat Members who are also AO-51 users. The Operations Group works with the Command Team to create the monthly schedule for the satellite. The AO-51 Operations Group is OZ1MY, VK5HI, N8BBQ, KD8CAO. The Command Stations are KO4MA, WA4SXM, WA6FWF, and N8MH.


AO-51 Mode Change

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

AO-51 was changed a bit early today, at 21:10 UTC 4 April. It is currently in "normal mode", with 435.300 (145.920 uplink) running about 480 mW (and 435.150 running about the same). We hope to catch up on some telemetry during this week. If we don't need any telemetry, it is likely that we'll increase the power on 435.300. The schedule for the rest of the month should be posted soon--sorry for the delay.

Beginning with May 2nd, periods of eclipse return to AO-51. We'll have to watch the satellite carefully and make some modifications to what we've been doing over the last several months. More details as we get closer to the eclipses...

73,


Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]


Re: working satellites with a VX-8R

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Sure. Look at page 48 of the manual. Yaesu calls it "Odd Splits." The VX-8R - as are the VX-6R, VX-7R, and FT-60R - can transmit on 2M while receiving on 440 in one channel.

Use the same programming guide for the VX-8R as in the tutorial at ...

http://www.work-sat.com

Clint

--- In Work-Sat@yahoogroups.com, "perryc" <canoeman@...> wrote:

any one have any luck working a sat with VX-8r and a dual band arrow antenna?
tried to watch vimeo video, but vimeo wont work for me.


Re: Assistance with logging while working AO-51 and others

chuck_sprick <ke5rad@...>
 

Ditto for me. I learned this trick after I missed the callsign for my very first contact via satellite. I was bummed! Fortunately, I was able to remember part of it and tracked him down after some searching on qrz.com and we exchanged QSL cards.

Now I also use an Olympus digital recorder, mine is a DM-20, and it works great (as long as I remember to turn it on and start recording when I start hearing the bird pass over).

73,
Chuck
KE5RAD

--- In Work-Sat@yahoogroups.com, Stephen Davis <davism294@...> wrote:

Pat (N2VYT) -

I use an Olympus VN-3100PC Digital Voice Recorder on a lanyard that I wear around my neck to record the audio when I'm working the sats.

The recorder hangs at my chest and the records does a got job of picking up the audio.

afterwards I can play back the recording and write down the calls signs and grid squares. I can even transfer the audio file to my computer for storage and archiving.

It works really well.

73,

Steve (KJ4FEL)



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From: pfarcon <pfarcon@...>
To: Work-Sat@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Mon, April 5, 2010 7:24:04 AM
Subject: [Work-Sat] Assistance with logging while working AO-51 and others


Hello all! I am new here and new to working the FM satellites. I have always read about them since I was licensed in the '90s but never got a chance to do it.

I had been trying for about a month after purchasing the Arrow Antenna and trying different HT setups. It took me a bot after watching all the videos and reading alot on the internet about how to track them and try to get my "bearings" correctly. I was so excited to finally be able to hear the satellite on two consecutive passes all the way through the pass even though I did not transmit.

Finally, about 2 weeks ago I made my first contacts into AO-51. I was so amazed to hear someone come back to my call and people more than happy to assist those especially new and with HT like myself. Then I was more surprised when after my first contact I had about 3 other stations calling me. What a thrill that was and thanks to all the suggestions, help, advice out there that helped me out.

Sorry, now to my question. Unfortunately in all the excitement, not to mention the fact that I had the HT in one hand and the Arrow Antenna in the other, how do folks log their contacts? I would love to keep record and send/receive QSL cards for this wonderful new facet of the hobby for me.

Any suggestios would be greatly appreciated and hope to work you someday or be of any help myself!

73,

Pat (n2vyt)


Re: Assistance with logging while working AO-51 and others

Stephen Davis
 

Pat (N2VYT) - 

I use an Olympus VN-3100PC Digital Voice Recorder on a lanyard that I wear around my neck to record the audio when I'm working the sats.

The recorder hangs at my chest and the records does a got job of picking up the audio.

afterwards I can play back the recording and write down the calls signs and grid squares. I can even transfer the audio file to my computer for storage and archiving.

It works really well.

73,

Steve (KJ4FEL)


From: pfarcon
To: Work-Sat@...
Sent: Mon, April 5, 2010 7:24:04 AM
Subject: [Work-Sat] Assistance with logging while working AO-51 and others

 

Hello all! I am new here and new to working the FM satellites. I have always read about them since I was licensed in the '90s but never got a chance to do it.

I had been trying for about a month after purchasing the Arrow Antenna and trying different HT setups. It took me a bot after watching all the videos and reading alot on the internet about how to track them and try to get my "bearings" correctly. I was so excited to finally be able to hear the satellite on two consecutive passes all the way through the pass even though I did not transmit.

Finally, about 2 weeks ago I made my first contacts into AO-51. I was so amazed to hear someone come back to my call and people more than happy to assist those especially new and with HT like myself. Then I was more surprised when after my first contact I had about 3 other stations calling me. What a thrill that was and thanks to all the suggestions, help, advice out there that helped me out.

Sorry, now to my question. Unfortunately in all the excitement, not to mention the fact that I had the HT in one hand and the Arrow Antenna in the other, how do folks log their contacts? I would love to keep record and send/receive QSL cards for this wonderful new facet of the hobby for me.

Any suggestios would be greatly appreciated and hope to work you someday or be of any help myself!

73,

Pat (n2vyt)



Assistance with logging while working AO-51 and others

pfarcon
 

Hello all! I am new here and new to working the FM satellites. I have always read about them since I was licensed in the '90s but never got a chance to do it.

I had been trying for about a month after purchasing the Arrow Antenna and trying different HT setups. It took me a bot after watching all the videos and reading alot on the internet about how to track them and try to get my "bearings" correctly. I was so excited to finally be able to hear the satellite on two consecutive passes all the way through the pass even though I did not transmit.

Finally, about 2 weeks ago I made my first contacts into AO-51. I was so amazed to hear someone come back to my call and people more than happy to assist those especially new and with HT like myself. Then I was more surprised when after my first contact I had about 3 other stations calling me. What a thrill that was and thanks to all the suggestions, help, advice out there that helped me out.

Sorry, now to my question. Unfortunately in all the excitement, not to mention the fact that I had the HT in one hand and the Arrow Antenna in the other, how do folks log their contacts? I would love to keep record and send/receive QSL cards for this wonderful new facet of the hobby for me.

Any suggestios would be greatly appreciated and hope to work you someday or be of any help myself!

73,

Pat (n2vyt)


working satellites with a VX-8R

perryc <canoeman@...>
 

any one have any luck working a sat with VX-8r and a dual band arrow antenna?
tried to watch vimeo video, but vimeo wont work for me.


AO-51 Mode Change

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

AO-51's FM repeater is still in V/S mode ...

Uplink: 145.880 Mhz FM
Downlink: 2401.200 Mhz FM

But a change is coming on April 4 - tomorrow. Watch for details.

Clint


Flying the Space Shuttle

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

WIRED Magazine's take on flying the Space Shuttle simulator ...

http://tinyurl.com/flyshuttle

Clint, K6LCS
http://www.k6lcs.com


Re: QUESTION,...tape measure yagi

ve2xpl <ve2xpl@...>
 

Gentlemen (AMIR, BRYAN, CLINT, MELVIN - IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Thanks for your comments & advice...I will build the tape measure yagi & see for myself...the results seem good for all those involved...I am not too worried about Tx on 70 cms., it's not an issue for AO-51s...not sure about the other sats, but we'll deal with that when we get there...

The 'cheap & easy Yagi' I built works like a charm at the sat downlink freqs...It's amazing what you can do with cardboard, wire & duct tape (Red Green & MacGyver would be proud!!!)

I think it'll be a few weeks before I can embark on that project...until then, i will keep listening & practice tracking the sats...

I will also keep y'all informed of my successes (hopefully !!! ;-)

Pete
VE2 XPL

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