Is headset required?

Discussion in 'Satellite and Space Communications' started by VE3TMT, Feb 22, 2021 at 3:34 AM.

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  1. WD9EWK

    WD9EWK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like to make the squelch on the uplink VFO the maximum, so nothing should come through there (unless you have a neighbor who is also trying to work the same satellite). You are correct about seeing QT when you transmit - that signifies you are using a tone of some sort while transmitting.
  2. VE3TMT

    VE3TMT XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    My beam is vertically polarized, not actually aimed at the satellite. I'l have to wait until the handheld antenna is finished and give it a try.
  3. N4UFO

    N4UFO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bingo! SO-50 has a much weaker downlink than AO-91/92 did. And I have seen an extra foot or so of coax on a homebrew handheld antenna make a difference with receiving SO-50. So I would keep it as short as possible and use low loss coax like LMR-240UF or Wireman #118. Good luck!
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