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ZAGGsparq Deal this Week

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

If you've been looking for a high-capacity rechargeable battery pack for your USB-power devices, I think you'll like the ZAGGsparq that I've been writing about the past two weeks.

Well, I was working on a Web page with a review and comparison of other similar units on the marketplace, when ZAGG came through with a deal.

The unit usually sells for $99. But from now until December 25, 2009, they are $69. And I will donate $10 from each pack sold to your choice of either of these three organizations: AMSAT, the ARRL, or The Rotary Foundation. This link must be used for this donation deal -

http://www.tinyurl.com/zaggsparq

Excuse the commercial nature of this post. Yes, I am now an affiliate of ZAGG. After the $10 donation is made to AMSAT, I make a profit of $3.90. I'm not in this for the profit. I have found an excellent 6AH power source, and want others to know about it. And at $69, well, that's less than what I paid for my personal evaluation unit two weeks ago.

I do not intend on making the AMSAT-BB a venue for every little off-topic thing I am involved with. But this really is a quality product. And even if I were not making four bucks a unit, I'd still be telling friends about it.

Clint Bradford
909-241-7666


XW-1 is now HO-68

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Coordinator Bill Tynan, W3XO has informed Alan
Kung, BA1DU, Amateur Satellite Project Manager and Chief Executive
Officer of AMSAT-China that XW-1 is now designated as Hope OSCAR 68,
or HO-68.

Bill wrote, "The satellite was launched successfully 15 December from
the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center of China, on a CZ-4C rocket. Ama-
teur Radio Operators around the world have received beacon signals
from XW-1."

Bill continues, "Further, I have been informed that XW-1 has been coor-
dinated through IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel. As
XW in Chinese means 'hope', it had been requested that this word be used
as the prefix for the new OSCAR number. Therefore, with the above infor-
mation and the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA President, I hereby
designate this latest amateur radio satellite as Hope Oscar 68 or HO-68."

Congratulations to AMSAT-China. Bill concludes, "On behalf of AMSAT-NA
and the world's amateur radio satellite community I congratulate those
responsible for building, testing and launching this new satellite. May
it have a long and successful life."

The latest official information can be found on-line on the AMSAT-China
Web page at: http://www.camsat.cn/

The AMSAT-NA Satellite Status Web may also be consulted for frequency
and operating mode information at:

http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/satInfo.php?satID=116&retURL=/sate
llites/status.php


AO-51 Mode Change

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

AO-51 is back in V/U mode! Around 2230UTC 20 Dec 2009 the mode on AO-51 was changed according to the posted schedule as follows:

December 21 - December 28

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

9k6 BBS, L/U
Uplink: 1268.700 MHz 9k6 FM
Downlink: 435.150 MHz 9k6 FM

The FM Repeater on TXB (435.300) is at about 450mW, while the BBS on TXB (435.150) is at about 500mW. Signals on both transmitters sound fine. The digipeater on TXB is "ON." We are collecting telemetry (every 30 secs) for the next 24 hours.

Thanks for the S-band activity during the previous mode period!

73 on behalf the AO-51 Command Team,

Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]


Re: Portable Power

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

I have run the ZAGG spark portable power pack through a couple charge cycles. It is impressive.

I am working on a deal where if you purchase one, $10 will be sent to AMSAT.

Stay tuned ... I will be creating a Web page with detailed information.

Clint Bradford, K6LCS


Portable Power

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Ever wanted more battery life from your iPod / PDA / cell phone or other device that charges via USB? Of course we have.

The company name, ZAGG, might not ring a bell with you. But more of you have heard of InvisibleSHIELD - IMHO the best of the screen protectors for our PDA and cellphone screens.

Well, ZAGG just introduced what appears to be the best of the "portable USB device power packs" available.

Although the ZAGGsparq is marketed as being "able to charge an Apple iPhone up to four times," I see it being used for a lot more applications.

Physically, it's 3.5 x 3.5 x 1" in size. Its Lithium Polymer battery pack is rated at 6000mAH - that's SIX AMPS in your little pack. Only the Amstron PP66S has that capacity ... but the ZAGG offers more features than the Amstron.

ZAGGspark works with any of your devices that uses a USB cord for charging. Plus, it provides TWO USB ports for charging your mobile devices when plugged into an AC outlet.

Weighs a tad over a half-pound. Four LEDs indicate power level (25%/50%/75%/100%).

I just ordered one, and will immediately put it to use. It's going to power my Verizon MiFi 2200 and Apple 32GB iPod touch. I'll report back how it performs.

Clint Bradford
909-241-7666


Battery Charger Deal on Amazon - TODAY ONLY!

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Today only, Amazon has the La Crosse BC-9009 AlphaPower Battery Charger for $34.99 shipped. And in addition to NiCD/NiMH charger, you get four AA rechargeables, four AAA's, adapters for C and D cells, and a travel case.

Charger features four independent status displays, one for each of its four slots. They can cycle through stats like charge rate, discharge rate, elapsed time, and total battery capacity.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00077AA5Q

Clint, K6LCS


Re: First Satellite Contact

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

OK. I did find a reference on a TX tone at ...

http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/echo/index.php

BUT it also states - right above the frequencies -

"AO-51 Operational Frequencies- The following are the announced frequencies for AO-51. Please check the schedule before transmitting to AO-51 ... "

- and provided a link to the Control Team status page.

But I sure had to DIG to find that page!

If a visitor to amsat.org just looks on the left and chooses ...

Satellite Information
-status, frequencies
and satellite history

... they will be taken to the best-available info!

Clint


Re: First Satellite Contact

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 


Re: First Satellite Contact

ed palmer <flhtci97@...>
 

How about that?! I got that particular info from the Amsat website on the Echo project page.
 
Ed N0EHQ
 


--- On Mon, 11/30/09, K6LCS wrote:

From: K6LCS
Subject: [Work-Sat] Re: First Satellite Contact
To: Work-Sat@...
Date: Monday, November 30, 2009, 7:14 PM

 
>> ... made my first satellite contact ... AO-51 ... FT-817ND ... Arrow ...

Congratulations! Now on to SO-50 ... AO-27 ... (grin)

>> ... I did find out however it definitely works best if one has the PL tone set for the uplink.....DUH! !

NO - We are NOT using CTCSS on AO-51. Haven't for almost three years. And if you find a site with that mis-information, please write the owner top advise ... it means they haven't updated their info for three years!

Clint Bradford
AMSAT area coordinator



Re: First Satellite Contact

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... made my first satellite contact ... AO-51 ... FT-817ND ... Arrow ...
Congratulations! Now on to SO-50 ... AO-27 ... (grin)

... I did find out however it definitely works best if one has the PL tone set for the uplink.....DUH!!
NO - We are NOT using CTCSS on AO-51. Haven't for almost three years. And if you find a site with that mis-information, please write the owner top advise ... it means they haven't updated their info for three years!

Clint Bradford
AMSAT area coordinator


Re: First Satellite Contact

w6zkh@...
 

Now you'll get the FEVER, Ed !!  Welcome to Satellites....

John W6ZKH
DM06


----- Original Message -----
From: "flhtci97"
To: Work-Sat@...
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 4:01:55 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: [Work-Sat] First Satellite Contact

 

Hello Everyone,

Well I finally made my first satellite contact this evening on AO-51 using the FT-817ND and the Arrow II yagi.

I did find out however it definitely works best if one has the PL tone set for the uplink.....DUH!!

All I can say now is this satellite stuff is pretty doggone cool.

73 Ed N0EHQ


First Satellite Contact

flhtci97 <flhtci97@...>
 

Hello Everyone,

Well I finally made my first satellite contact this evening on AO-51 using the FT-817ND and the Arrow II yagi.

I did find out however it definitely works best if one has the PL tone set for the uplink.....DUH!!

All I can say now is this satellite stuff is pretty doggone cool.

73 Ed N0EHQ


Re: Which BNC-to-SMA Adapter?

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

As long as the adapter "mates" well with the radio's case, it will provide some protection.

I like the design and finish of the Diamond you cited - here's a photo ...

http://rfparts.com/diamond/bncj-smap.html

I'll keep on using Stephen's adapters, 'cause I like the guy (grin). AND because he has done his research and has different adapters for different radios for us.

THANKS for the tip, Ed!

Clint


Re: Which BNC-to-SMA Adapter?

ed palmer <flhtci97@...>
 

I have found another SMA to BNC adapter that works well with the VX-8R. It is the BNCJ-SMAP adapter from Diamond Antenna. I don't know how it would work for other handhelds so your mileage may vary.
 
The adapter is wide at the base and mates up well with the rubber gasket around the SMA jack on the VX-8R. The last half turn will require one to hold on to the rubber gasket around the SMA when tightening down the adapter to keep the gasket from spinning. 
 
73 Ed N0EHQ

 
 

--- On Sun, 11/22/09, K6LCS wrote:

From: K6LCS
Subject: [Work-Sat] Which BNC-to-SMA Adapter?
To: Work-Sat@...
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 11:32 AM

 
From my In Box ...

>> ... I have a large antenna with BNC male connector that I did not use because I need to get a adapter for the bnc so it can fit on my SMA radio ...

Please consider either a NCG/Comet HB-05 BNC female to SMA male 18-inch jumper, or the Stephen Gulyas adapter. Either will protect your radio's SMA jack and center pin from stress.

The HB-05 is available from fine ham radio stores nation-wide. Info on the Gulyas adapters available at ...

http://www.work- sat.com

Clint



Re: Which BNC-to-SMA Adapter?

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Great points - thanks!

Clint


Re: Which BNC-to-SMA Adapter?

Andy
 

I have Stephen Gulyas's adapter, and think it's pretty good for
mounting a BNC whip on the radio. I much prefer it to the straight
metal-only adapters. Highly recommended.

On the other hand, I think it is slightly inconvenient for adapting a
stiff or fat cable to the radio that has a BNC on its end (or perhaps
a UHF plug on which you've attached a UHF-BNC adapter). For that
situation, I'd probably recommend one of the short pigtail atapter
cables. The short length helps isolate the fatter cable's stiffness
from the little SMA jack, and is easier to attach and remove.

Andy


QSL Cards

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

A couple folks have asked me where I had my QSL cards made.

I used Carl at ...

http://www.iqslusa.com/

Wasn't the "cheapest" source, but the quality and service was excellent.

Clint
909-241-7666


Re: Work SO-67!

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... How do I set my FT-60R up for SO-67?? Its only one freq isn't it?
Watch the sat's operating schedule for updates ...

http://www.amsatsa.org.za/

Last week, they had a cross-band repeater set up for many.

Uplink: 145.875MHz
Downlink: 435.345MHz
CTCSS 233.6

As with other FM sats, please program to compensate for the Doppler effect on the receive side.

Clint Bradford, K6LCS


Re: More Mods to Arrow Satellite Antenna

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

... I have been using the Arrow and have been pondering such an addition, but I didn't have any design in mind. Now I do. I see you drilled a hole just behind the first element to put in a screw and wingnut. How far does the duplexer extend IN the handle?
You can actually slip the duplexer out and see ... There's about an inch if clearance 'tween my wing nut and the end of the duplexer.

Clint


AO-51 Performance 11/20/09 00:42 GMT

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

I wrote last week ...

"Don't know exactly how to explain it, but the pass today at 4:42PM Pacific Standard Time didn't exhibit the "normal" silencing, then faint voices, then stronger voices. It plainly BLASTED into discernible conversations, and we we were able to work it much sooner than "normal." We were not hidden behind foothills. It was a pretty clear shot South to AOS. It really floored me - in a most positive way. It was dramatic."

And AMSAT's VP of Operations replied ...

"The power on the repeater downlink is a bit higher than normal at 760
mw. It shouldn't be a dramatic difference from our recent 500-600mw, but
noticeable to a observant operator ... - 73, Drew KO4MA

Well, my aging ears cannot take the credit ... I was using my standard setup - Arrow Sat Antenna and FT-60R.

Clint

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