Got the radio(s), got the antenna, what next?

Discussion in 'Satellite and Space Communications' started by KB3LOM, Apr 29, 2020.

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  1. KB3LOM

    KB3LOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Waiting on one more small item (some coax) and I'm ready to hunt satellites. Got the FT818 ready for field use and the FT60 ready to receive. Just need to program some frequencies in the next day or so (its gonna rain anyway) and I think I am ready. Oh yes - my Elk antenna arrived Saturday and I want to get that assembled tonight.

    I've looked at various tracking programs, and they all look good, but I need something basic. A website with schedules for my zip code would be nice to get started. Don't mind paying a little if its worth it. Can anyone recommend something? Thanks!
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  2. KE4AZZ

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  3. K4BAD

    K4BAD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congratulations Steven! You have a good start for chasing the birds.
    Initially,if you concentrate on FM satellites AO-91 andAO-92 you will make some fairly easy contacts.
    Welcome to the club!
    73 K4BAD Harry
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  4. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've always liked for pass predictions; click on the amateur satellites---all passes link on the home page once you log in with your 6-digit grid square. Same site I used 20 years ago and didn't have internet at home---went to the library and printed out a couple day's worth of bird info...:D


  5. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    yrs ago i monitored from my mobile while on jobs. seems i heard one every 90 minutes??
    never worked it.
    today i know zero about sats. give me any 144 or 450 freq to monitor.
    give my vhf/uhf something to do !
    maybe ill get interested...

    oops, found it...still advise...
  6. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    !!!...i actually heard chatter . with a mag mount on my power supply !!
    so i need an antenna to have some new fun...!
  7. N4DJC

    N4DJC Ham Member QRZ Page

    The ISS Detector app is the easiest I’ve used.
  8. WE4B

    WE4B Ham Member QRZ Page

    For iOS:

    GoSatWatch - Paid App
    SatSat - Free App

    For Android:

    AmsatDroid FREE
  9. KB3LOM

    KB3LOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just out of curiosity, if program a bunch of downlinks into my HT, will it pick any up from inside the house?
  10. WD9EWK

    WD9EWK Ham Member QRZ Page


    Depends on your roof, and the satellite you're trying to hear. With a wood/shingle roof here, I can hear the higher AO-91 & AO-92 passes from my living room with an HT and long duckie. Never been able to get through the satellite to make an indoor QSO, although some have with a directional antenna like an Arrow or Elk. I don't hear SO-50 indoors unless it is directly overhead, with its weaker 70cm downlink compared to AO-91 and AO-92 on 2m.


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