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Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Randy Schulze
 

Do you have a URL or Web Site where one can obtain a SUUNTO Compass?
Randy
KD0HKD


On 08/19/10, walscobry wrote:


Despite all the tech I have around me when playing radio outdoors I always have my SUUNTO Compass. They have a tag line: REPLACING LUCK. I believe them and it has never not worked due to dead batteries!





Bryan


KJ4QZJ



















































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Randy Schulze
KD0HKD
Kansas City, Missouri
rschulze@...

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

walscobry
 

Despite all the tech I have around me when playing radio outdoors I always have my SUUNTO Compass. They have a tag line: REPLACING LUCK. I believe them and it has never not worked due to dead batteries!

Bryan
KJ4QZJ

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Randy Schulze
 

While at a State Park in Missouri last spring, we had a heck of a time trying to figure out where North actually was.

One of the guys whipped out his touch phone with a compass application. It got us in the general ball park, but was in fact plus or minus ten degrees, as compared to the cracker jack quality compass one of the others guy pulled out of his glove box, which worked suprisingly well.

Thanks for the tip to add to the Gadgets Page! One of the sugestions we make in our presentation, is the Boy Scout's section of the sporting goods stores.

On 08/18/10, K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...> wrote:





I really enjoy your site - GREAT work!

Down at the bottom of the gadgets page, you mention regular old compasses. Don't forget
the "obvious" source for one: your local REI Coop or sporting goods store!

For folks, of course, who don't have an Android phone ... or iPhone ... or iPod touch ... or other smartphone that have compass utility programs (grin). But I still carry one with me to presentations ... I like the word, "azimuth."

Clint


















































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Randy Schulze
KD0HKD
Kansas City, Missouri
rschulze@...

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

I really enjoy your site - GREAT work!

Down at the bottom of the gadgets page, you mention regular old compasses. Don't forget the "obvious" source for one: your local REI Coop or sporting goods store!

For folks, of course, who don't have an Android phone ... or iPhone ... or iPod touch ... or other smartphone that have compass utility programs (grin). But I still carry one with me to presentations ... I like the word, "azimuth."

Clint

Re: New AO-51 troubles?

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

I had intended to do a more complete update later, but here's the quick version.

1) AO-51 is still in eclipses for the next 4-5 days. Soon we'll be
back in 100% sun (until the end of December.) That means within the
next several days we should be able to keep AO-51 transmitting all the
time. In fact, we'll need to in order to keep temperatures down!

2) In recent days I've had to resort to shutting down the voice
repeater in order to grab some telemetry files from the bird. This is
very important as we are nearing the end of the eclipse period and we
want some good data for current use and for future reference. We
keep the voice repeater shutdowns to a minimum and try to do it during
the AM passes over the eastern US. But they are necessary at this
time. Sorry for any inconvenience.

3) Currently AO-51 has been automatically turning itself OFF and back
ON because of the power budget. You'll see this more often as it
first comes out of eclipse and as it begins to enter eclipse. We
continue to fine tune this, but our goal is to keep it transmitting
when there is enough power--without having the bird shutdown until
manually commanded back ON by one of the command team members.

4) Come January, we won't see much of a break from the eclipse periods
for a long, long time (there is one short window of full sun, but it's
about 2 weeks long in late Feb/early March 2011). The command team
has been using the recent eclipse period to learn how to become more
efficient in the use of the power management code on board. This
allows us to get the most "bang for the buck" out of the available
power. It's pretty complex and versatile. We've learned a
tremendous amount this eclipse period, but still have more to learn in
the future. And there will be a future for AO-51 :)

I hope that helps to reassure you...that is my goal!

73,

Mark N8MH
AO-51 Command Team member

New AO-51 troubles?

Jeremy B
 

It was dropping out mid-transmission yesterday and would be off for about 10 seconds before working again

Orange COunty Fair Demo - Article

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

The article from the ARRL SW Division August, 2010 newsletter on our sat pass demo has been posted on the DOCS page at ...

http://www.k6lcs.com

It's the fifth doc down the page.

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Randy Schulze
 

Clint,

Both of your Gadget Submissions have been added to the web site.

http://purplesage.biz/kd0hkd/satellite/gadget.htm  

Thanks for your support of this project!

Randy
KD0HKD


On 08/12/10, K6LCS wrote:

























- Make Model





The Stephen Gulyas BNC-to-SMA Adapters





- Pros


o Point 1 - TRUE protection of your HT's antenna connector


o Point 2 - Not "one size fits all" - several models for different HTs


o Point 3 - The Yaesu CN-3 should be banned (g).





- Cons


o Point 1 - Only available from Stephen - no big store carries them, yet.


o Point 2 - Cost - but compare with a $100 bill to repair you HT's broken antenna center pin connector, and the cost is nothing





- Site Address of where you obtained the gadget.





http://tinyurl.com/bnc-adapters





- A brief two or three sentence comment about the gadget.





Hard rubber displaces the stress placed on your HT when attaching larger antennas or cabling. These fine adapters "mate" to a much larger surface area on your HT than the "all-metal" CN3-like adapters. Click on the link above for a .pdf file with pictures, model numbers, and ordering instructions.



















































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Randy Schulze
KD0HKD
Kansas City, Missouri
rschulze@...

Re: New User for SatPC32

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Yessir! In addition to SatPC and Wisat, the program directory contains several auxiliary
programs which can be opened from the SatPC menu `Programs.' They contain
detailed instructions themselves on how to use them.

'WinAos' calculates the AOS and LOS times for one or more selected satellites and
displays them in chronological order on the screen, sends them to a printer or saves
them in a file. You then have an overview of the possible contact times for packet radio
or SSB transponder satellites. Please read the instructions in the 'Instructions' menu.


Clint

... whether or not SatPC32 has the capability of providing a printout of orbit preditions, for let's say a week or ten days in advance?

New User for SatPC32

stevebrody@sbcglobal.net <stevebrody@...>
 

I admit I haven't read the entire SatPC32 manual yet, but I was trying to learn whether or not SatPC32 has the capability of providing a printout of orbit preditions, for let's say a week or ten days in advance?
Thanks

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Randy Schulze
 

That's another keeper!! Thanks, again!

Randy
KD0HKD

On 08/12/10, K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...> wrote:

























- Make Model




The Stephen Gulyas BNC-to-SMA Adapters





- Pros

o Point 1 - TRUE protection of your HT's antenna connector

o Point 2 - Not "one size fits all" - several models for different HTs

o Point 3 - The Yaesu CN-3 should be banned (g).


- Cons

o Point 1 - Only available from Stephen - no big store carries them, yet.

o Point 2 - Cost - but compare with a $100 bill to repair you HT's broken antenna center pin connector, and the cost is nothing




- Site Address of where you obtained the gadget.




http://tinyurl.com/bnc-adapters





- A brief two or three sentence comment about the gadget.




Hard rubber displaces the stress placed on your HT when attaching larger antennas or cabling. These fine adapters "mate" to a much larger surface area on your HT than the "all-metal" CN3-like adapters. Click on the link above for a .pdf file with pictures, model numbers, and ordering instructions.


















































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Randy Schulze
KD0HKD
Kansas City, Missouri
rschulze@...

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Randy Schulze
 

That's a keeper. Thanks!

Randy
KD0HKD

On 08/12/10, K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...> wrote:

























- Make Model - Smiley 270A HT Antenna


- Pros

o Point 1 - Outperforms Diamond SHR-320A

o Point 2 - Collapsible - short when you don't need the gain

o Point 3 - Spring in base protects your HT's antenna connector


- Cons

o Point 1 - But it only costs $20

- Site Address of where you obtained the gadget - http://www.htantennas.com - or HRO carries the SMA version




- A brief two or three sentence comment about the gadget.




With its spring base protecting your HT's antenna connector and its 5/8 and 1/4 wave performance, this is a great bargain in the amateur accessory world. Did I mention it sells for less than half of the Diamond SHR-320a?





Clint, K6LCS


















































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Randy Schulze
KD0HKD
Kansas City, Missouri
rschulze@...

Aug 17 Sat Presentation - El Segundo

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

AMSAT area coordinator Clint Bradford, K6LCS, will be
presenting his 'Working Amateur Satellites With Your HT'
multimedia session at a special joint session of the El
Segundo, Hughes, and TRW amateur radio clubs on
August 17, 2010. All are welcome to attend - but your
RSVP is mandatory! Read on ...

"This is a special date and location that we've worked out
in order to accommodate these great clubs," Clint
writes. "And we have a tentative pass of satellite AO-51
at 5:45PM PDT that we'll be working from the parking lot."

We will be meeting at the El Segundo Police Station EOC,
348 Main Street, El Segundo CA 90245. Satellite pass is at
5:45PM PDT. The presentation and clubs' meeting starts
immediately after the pass!

The facility requires you to RSVP - please send your email to ...

Grace, KJ6CMA, at arit701542@...

... BEFORE Friday the 13th - this is required by the facility we're using!

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@... .

/end/

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

- Make Model
The Stephen Gulyas BNC-to-SMA Adapters

- Pros
o Point 1 - TRUE protection of your HT's antenna connector
o Point 2 - Not "one size fits all" - several models for different HTs
o Point 3 - The Yaesu CN-3 should be banned (g).

- Cons
o Point 1 - Only available from Stephen - no big store carries them, yet.
o Point 2 - Cost - but compare with a $100 bill to repair you HT's broken antenna center pin connector, and the cost is nothing

- Site Address of where you obtained the gadget.
http://tinyurl.com/bnc-adapters

- A brief two or three sentence comment about the gadget.
Hard rubber displaces the stress placed on your HT when attaching larger antennas or cabling. These fine adapters "mate" to a much larger surface area on your HT than the "all-metal" CN3-like adapters. Click on the link above for a .pdf file with pictures, model numbers, and ordering instructions.

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

- Make Model - Smiley 270A HT Antenna

- Pros
o Point 1 - Outperforms Diamond SHR-320A
o Point 2 - Collapsible - short when you don't need the gain
o Point 3 - Spring in base protects your HT's antenna connector

- Cons
o Point 1 - But it only costs $20
- Site Address of where you obtained the gadget - http://www.htantennas.com - or HRO carries the SMA version
- A brief two or three sentence comment about the gadget.
With its spring base protecting your HT's antenna connector and its 5/8 and 1/4 wave performance, this is a great bargain in the amateur accessory world. Did I mention it sells for less than half of the Diamond SHR-320a?

Clint, K6LCS

Apple's New NiMH AA Cells

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Steve Jobs and Apple have placed an effective separator — a barrier between the anode and the cathode in the battery that lets ions pass but not electrons — that is preventing the common internal leaking that plagues Ni-MH batteries. It's like placing a 25-micron thick crossing guard in the guts to control the traffic. As a result Jobs can say that Apple's Ni-MH batteries, combined with the charger, will still be able to hold 80 percent of its charge after a year.

Regular NiMH lose 20-to-50 percent of their charge in a month of non-use.

Read more at ...

http://bit.ly/9PidWN

Re: Programing FT60 with CTCSS Tone for AO51

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

WELCOME to the group!

... Yaesu FT 60 ... programed my HT for odd splits ...
Wow - you're way ahead of the game!

... listen on 435.310 ( with Doppler shifts) and transmit on 145.920 ...
Right - you already know that AO-51 is on 435.300. SO "+1" and "+2" ABOVE that freq - 435/305 and 435.310 for ACQUIRING ... and a couple freqs below as the bird descends.

... Question is how do I get the 67hz tone in on the 145.920.
In MEMORY MODE, just press FUNCTION-ZERO to get to the SET MENU.

Tune to 48-SQUELCH TYPE. Press FW again.

Set to TONE.

Press FUNCTION again to set it.

Then tune to 50-TONE FREQUENCY. Press FW again.

Tune to 67.0 - and press FW to set it, and PTT to escape.

Clint

Programing FT60 with CTCSS Tone for AO51

kc2nyu <eckerpw@...>
 

First I am new to the Satellite World so bear with he stupid Q's.I have a Yaesu FT 60 and an Arrow 146/37-10 antenna. I have programed my HT for odd splits, listen on 435.310 ( with Doppler shifts) and transmit on 145.920. Question is how do I get the 67hz tone in on the 145.920.

thanks & 73
Paul

--- In Work-Sat@..., Clint Bradford <clintbrad4d@...> wrote:

Wow, GREAT WORK on the Web site!

Just a minor point - we're using 67.0 CTCSS on AO-51's uplink again ... SO we all need to edit our frequency charts.

I'll download the audio files and listen later - thanks for the note.

Clint, K6LCS
909-241-7666


On Jul 15, 2010, at 6:20 AM, rrschulze wrote:



I've been working FM satellites since last fall and am having a blast! Here's one of my web pages which describes my favorite satellite contact! Check out the mp3 recordings at the bottom of the page.



http://kd0hkd.com/satellite/Oregon.htm



Please feel free to explore the remained of the web site.



Enjoy!!

SatPC32

stevebrody@sbcglobal.net <stevebrody@...>
 

Hello everyone. New to this group, new to being serious about the ham sats and new to my just-arrived copy of SatPC32. It is installed and I think partially operating. The question I have for now is can I get confirmation that SatPC32 will only display one satillite at a time? That is, if I wanted to display SO-50 and AO-51 I would have to bring the program up twice?

Thanks
Steve N1AB

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Joe Palmer <w8jxm@...>
 

Randy:
 
Thank you for your fine site and good efforts.
 
Best 73.
 
Joe
W8JXM


--- On Tue, 8/10/10, kd0hkd_randy wrote:

From: kd0hkd_randy
Subject: [Work-Sat] Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets
To: Work-Sat@...
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 3:12 PM

 
Fellow Satellite Enthusiasts!
Many of you have been to my web site, and have seen the section I've made focusing on Amateur Satellite Radio.  Thanks for the Support!  One of my web pages on the site looks at "Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets." (http://www.purplesa ge.biz/kd0hkd/ satellite/ gadget.htm
What I'm trying to do here is give a brief review or description of given items from the perspective of Pros and Cons.  When you go to the page, I think you'll get the picture.  So far, I've displayed Antennas, Rotators, and HT and Base Radios.
As much as I would like to, (as with many of us,) I don't have the resources or funds to try out every item or product that's out there in the world, but as a group of enthusiasts, I suspect we have a pretty broad base of hams who have tried all sorts of gadgets and products!  What I'm asking from you, is if you can e-mail me your views and opinions in the form of two or three bullet points of Pros and Cons about the gadget.  You might include, for instance:
- Make Model
- Pros
o Point 1
o Point 2
o Point 3
- Cons
o Point 1
o Point 2
o Point 3
- Site Address of where you obtained the gadget.
- A brief two or three sentence comment about the gadget.
If published on my web site, I would give you the by line for submitting the information.
As with anything else on my web site, I must reserve the right to choose what I publish on the web site, and reserve the right to edit the content.
So what gadget or item works for you?  Let's give this a shot, and hope it's not too much for me to handle.  If you have an item I can post, send your gadget information to kd0hkd@everestkc. net
Have Fun!
Randy
KD0HKD