Is SO-50 Okay?

Discussion in 'Satellite and Space Communications' started by KR0SIV, Dec 13, 2013.

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  1. K3RLD

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    Tough pass to work, lots of strange dead key type noise.
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  2. W9EXP

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    It seems the children are playing with their new toys and don't know how to use them like adults.
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  3. WE4B

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    Maybe W4AQT can teach them ;)
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  4. WD9EWK

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    SO-50 is still working fine at night. I worked a pass around 0430 UTC last night (9.30pm local time), when KI5BEX was on from the DM27/DM28 grid line in eastern Nevada. That was the first time I ever worked grid DM28.

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  5. N8HM

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    Saw some tweets about people working SO-50 today!
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  6. KJ4VTH

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    I've heard satellites being called birds but they tweet too?
  7. K3RLD

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  8. WD9EWK

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    During a meeting last night of the Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club in Phoenix, I gave a demonstration of SO-50 around 8pm (0300 UTC). The satellite sounded good, and stations were heard from Washington state across to Florida in the continental USA, along with other stations from Canada and Mexico. I had a crowd of about 60 watching the demonstration, out in a parking lot. The club's Facebook group has a video of part of the demonstration, starting around 0300 UTC:

    For being a nighttime pass, SO-50 did a good job.

    Last week (Friday evening, 15 March), I also used SO-50 for one of the two demonstrations I gave at the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club in Tucson. That pass came by just before 9pm (0400 UTC), and stations were also heard from coast to coast across the continental USA. I also worked AO-92, which came by a few minutes after the SO-50 pass. As with last night's demonstration, SO-50 was up to the task, and still sounds pretty good for being in orbit a long time.

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  9. WE4B

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    Looks like the batteries are still doing what they should be doing :)
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  10. W5PFG

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    Until I see some presentations from the satellite's owner or operator, I'm going to keep using it night and day.
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