Is SO-50 Okay?

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

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  1. WE4B

    WE4B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I’ve done it this way lots of times when I’m out and about without my Arrow and D7. You just have to be respectful of stations since you are handicapped. I don’t do it everyday but sometimes it’s fun :)
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  2. W5PFG

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    ^^^ Wise words. ^^^
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  3. WE4B

    WE4B Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, definitely don’t try this unless you have experience under your belt. You will be frustrated and QRM stations that have the proper equipment. I mainly did it this time just to see how well SO-50 was still hearing.

    I can confirm that SO-50 is doing quite well.
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  4. W5PFG

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    SO-50 has been a reliable FM satellite, day and night, for some of my recent trips. I guess that sometimes nonexistent presentations about SO-50's battery life are wrong.
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  5. WD9EWK

    WD9EWK Ham Member QRZ Page


    SO-50 remains a reliable satellite, day and night. On my most-recent trip through Ontario and 5 US states, I worked many late evening passes. In Ontario, I was on those dark passes for a few passes - from near Windsor/Detroit in EN82, in the Toronto area on the FN03/FN04 line, from FN14 near Trenton (east of Toronto), and in FN24 north of upstate New York. SO-50 was there, and there were lots of contacts being made. I was working west-coast passes during each of these stops, and it was nice to work those stations while on this trip.

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  6. WE4B

    WE4B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I can confirm this. My daughter and I were in a parking lot in EM79 last Friday night with WD9EWK as he worked SO-50 and we worked AO-92. It was around 10:00 PM and dark but SO-50 yielded WD9EWK several contacts from a parking lot in Cincinnati.
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  7. K3RLD

    K3RLD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just had a 35 degree pass to the north of me and only 2 other operators on (KC1KQY and VE3TSV). :(

    But it was nice for once to share signal reports among ourselves. Strange indeed for such a lazy pass in the early evening. Downlink sounded great, though!
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  8. WE4B

    WE4B Ham Member QRZ Page

    SO-50 is like AO-7... it’s not the new, shiny toy but it’s still a great sounding and easy to utilize satellite with batteries that are still working great!
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  9. KI5AAI

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    I just heard two people making contact on SO-50 at appr 14:40 UTC. I was listening from TX. I believe one gentleman call sign was from Mexico
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  10. K4BAD

    K4BAD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Way to go! You are off to a good start
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