Discussion in 'Satellite and Space Communications' started by K6LCS, May 28, 2018.
That 1st-place medal in the picture looks nice. Congratulations, Marissa!
Thank you! She is so proud! She's been texting me like crazy and now gets to progress to the district level of competition. Who would have know that her getting an amateur radio license a couple of years ago could lead such great STEM education for her!
Sorry I missed the big announcement (New Year's resolution was to ditch Twitter). Congrats to W4AQT!
I have posted more lately about working AO-92 in L/V mode than U/V, but here's a little something about working AO-92 in U/V. Yesterday (Friday, 18 January 2019), I met Ruth KM4LAO along with a couple of other Arizona hams (Chris K7TAB, Fernando NP4JV) at the Titan Missile Museum south of Tucson AZ. Ruth is in Arizona for a few days for a family reunion in Tucson, and wanted to work some satellite passes. Friday was an open day in her schedule, and she - along with her parents - wanted to tour the museum, so we took the opportunity to help Ruth get on the air from outside the museum.
There were a couple of AO-92 passes in the morning. Ruth worked them both. First, an eastern AO-92 pass around 1647 UTC:
Then she worked the western AO-92 pass at 1821 UTC:
For AO-92, Ruth used her portable station: Arrow Antennas dual-band Yagi, and two radios - an Icom ID-51, and a Kenwood TH-D74. Working full-duplex, Ruth did a great job from outside the museum.
In addition to working AO-92, Ruth worked passes on NO-84 (digipeater) and AO-91 in between the two AO-92 passes. After touring the museum, KM4LAO was heard on the HF bands for a couple of hours. Ruth used my Elecraft K3S at 40W connected to the large HF discone next to the museum, before heading back to Tucson.
It was fun seeing Ruth have so much fun working satellites and HF. I worked her on NO-84 (her first packet satellite QSO), and later on 20m (I used one of my Yaesu FT-817NDs and a telescoping whip for 20m to work her). The weather was perfect for being outside in southern Arizona and playing radio.
Since it was posted here about W4AQT's winning science fair project at school. I wanted to let everyone know that she progressed to the district level of competition and today her satellite science fair project won the district competition. Now she will progress to the state level. Once again, win or lose, she's a winner because she is using amateur radio and satellites to further her STEM education.
This thread has definitely taken a turn for the best. I wish all the threads here could end up as festive as this on has become.
Still getting L-band activity on weekends, and more stations are gearing up for the challenge. Since I switched from the small 5-element Yagi to the 10-element Yagi from eBay, I have been able to do more with my Alinco DJ-G7T on 1.2 GHz. On many passes, I'm able to get through on its low power (300mW).
Endaf was on AO-92 this morning, and he was using something that might be a museum piece for his uplink radio - a rare Yaesu FT-911 HT. Endaf tweeted a picture of the radio:
I remember when these radios were on the market, about 30 years ago when the ham manufacturers were making hgear for the 222 MHz & 1.2 GHz bands, after the "Novice Enhancement" in the mid-1980s where US Novice licensees gained voice privileges on those two bands. I've never seen an FT-911 in person, and never saw one in the HRO store here in Phoenix when they were on the market. Then again, I never saw new 1.2 GHz radios in the Phoenix HRO store back then. I bought a Kenwood TH-55 1.2 GHz HT from AES in Las Vegas back then, when Phoenix had two analog FM repeaters on the band. One of those two 1.2 GHz analog FM repeaters is still alive, along with one or two D-Star repeaters on that band.
Until next weekend's L-band activity...