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Author Topic: Want to Work an FM Satellite This Week?  (Read 3694 times)
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« on: December 15, 2013, 08:59:25 AM »

Are you new to this aspect of our wonderful hobby? Think that you have to have 100W of transmitter power and
dual, computer-controlled Yagis on the roof?

NO, YOU DON'T!!!

Many hams already have the necessary equipment to monitor the ISS as it streaks across the sky ... or how about
working a FM cross-band repeater satellite that's 500 miles away - with just a Watt or two?

Complete information for working an FM bird is waiting for you at ...

http://www.work-sat.com

... including ...

-CURRENT satellite schedules and frequency information
-antenna improvement suggestions (DIY and commercial)-satellite-tracking software/apps - some FREE!
-a Yahoo Group support site for YOUR questions ...and more!

On the home page, you'll find a four-page tutorial that has al the information you will need to access a satellite this week.
Browse through the site's other pages ...

The ANTENNAS page has some plans to easily get in to the world of high gain - for less than $20 in parts!

The SAT SKEDS page shows you what is up right now to monitor and/or work

The TRACKING page shows you WHERE and WHEN the sats will pass over you, with software suggestions (some FREE!) as
well as free online sources for satellite pass data.

And there's a lot more for you, too. Drop on by. Grab that tutorial. Improve your HT's antenna a little bit for transmit, as well
as set up a second unit for receive - and start "working the birds!"

Clint Bradford K6LCS
909-241-7666 - cell
k6lcs@ham-sat.info

PS Last month, more than SIXTY satellites were deployed, MANY with amateur radio experiments on board! Although my Web site
just deals with the "easily-worked" sats, the support YahooGroup - as well as others here on eHam.net - can get you working some of those satellites, too!
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2013, 04:15:28 PM »

Most satellites including ISS can be accessed by an FM HT with no problems. Just to let you know the ISS ham station is shut down do to a cooling problem on the station. I would guess it should be turned back as soon as the problem is fixed.

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K6LCS
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2013, 09:12:12 PM »

Indeed, we need to remember that "amateur radio aboard the ISS" is not a primary function
for the station ... although it was used when another radio system went down. But it just makes
sense that "ham contacts" are a little less important than maintaining safe conditions aboard
the station ... (grin)

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