Category Archives: AO-73

Calibrating the Uplinks for FD

The satellites are conspiring against me this year, mostly passes in the dark (nothing like stumbling/fumbling around in the dark in a field), but I’m getting the uplink calibrated again on my IC-9100. Anyway, was able to calibrate AO-7 uplink … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Winter Field Day – Satellite

Well it’s that time of year again, I’m dusting off the portable satellite gear and making sure it’s working.  I had just updated the clock, and TLEs, when I noticed that UKube was above the horizon.  I quickly turned on … Continue reading

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“Best” AO-73 Telemetry Freq?

I’ve been watching AO-73 telemetry frequencies for the past few weeks.  Today I noted that a satellite frequency of 145.934.8 produced packets captured between 1538 and 1168 Hz, or a drift over that period of 370 Hz.  From this it … Continue reading

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Field Day 2016 Satellite Passes for FN41

The table of times listed below will likely be off a bit since FD is about 10 days in the future and the TLEs will have changed slightly by then.  However it is good enough for planning purposes.  Daylight and … Continue reading

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Back to AO-73 Dashboard for a Bit

The SatGate appears to be working fine, and it seems to find more unique packets than duplicate ones, so it appears to work.  Ultimately I want to package that up with a RPi running XASTIR using a TNC-Pi and a … Continue reading

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AO-73, It’s Been Ages

My last AO-73 QSO was about 10 months ago.  Part of the reason is laziness — it is time consuming to relocate the uplink offset each time I try to work the bird.  I’ve read that the uplink passband is unstable … Continue reading

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Log Shows QSOs With Ten Different Satellites

I went through my logbook since I got back on the air five years ago and discovered a bunch of confirmed satellite QSOs.  In that time I’ve worked the following: AO-7 Confirmed by eQSL AO-27 (Four QSOs but no confirmations … Continue reading

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Another Great Satellite Day

I’m feeling guilty for neglecting DX, but I’ve been having a bunch of fun with satellites recently. Several QSOs on FO-29 with calibration of both SSB and CW uplink performed.  Not much CW action on these days, but I’ll be … Continue reading

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Setup Funcube Dashboard Again

I was getting ready for a decent AO-73 pass, when it dawned on me that it was daylight, and therefore the bird was in the Telemetry mode.  Rather than call it quits, I quickly installed a copy of Funcube Dashboard … Continue reading

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