[Video] Talking through a satellite from 15 feet apart

Discussion in 'Satellite and Space Communications' started by KG4AKV, Apr 1, 2019.

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  1. KG4AKV

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    Andrew Knafel, KN8FEL saw my videos and through our correspondence I helped him learn how to operate satellites.

    He and his family live in Ohio but regularly vacation at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He has a long time friend who lives near Raleigh, which is on the way to Myrtle Beach, who he usually stops to see.

    Since he was in town we met up for an evening to play radio. We worked four passes on four different satellites.

    The highlight was making contact through a satellite while standing mere feet away from each other. We actually did this twice on two different satellites. :)

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    Andrew's equipment:

    Arrow II antenna
    Yaesu FT-818 for transmit on linear/SSB sats
    Wouxon HT for transmit on FM repeater sats
    Kenwood TH-D74 for receive

    My equipment:

    Alaskan Arrow with only one of three sections, except SO-50 pass where I used two of three sections.
    Icom IC-910H for linear sat passes
    Kenwood TM-V71 for SO-50.

    We worked these four passes:

    2019-03-30 - 22:51 UTC - XW-2D
    2019-03-30 - 23:10 UTC - XW-2C
    2019-03-30 - 23:24 UTC - CAS-4A
    2019-03-31 - 00:02 UTC - SO-50

    73, John Brier KG4AKV
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  2. WD9EWK

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    Nice video, John!

    You two caught me near the end of my two-day road trip around Arizona and New Mexico. I was parked on the DM51bx/DM52ba grid line, west of US-191 and south of I-10 in Cochise County AZ.


    I had started the day at a hamfest in Tucson. After the hamfest and lunch, I drove out to that spot for over 3 hours of working passes. After working 10 passes on FM and SSB satellites out there, I made the 3-hour drive home. Fun!

    Last edited: Apr 1, 2019
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  3. KC1FNM

    KC1FNM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for posting!
    I just started working satellites last November and I've learned quite a bit from your videos.
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