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Showing posts from October, 2007

Easy Sat?

The AO-51 monthly schedule ought to come in handy, once the control team news is better. Unbeknownst to me as I finally purchased my first 70 cm rig ( FT-470 dualbander, actually), intended for use in making my first 2-way satellite contact, the only remaining satellite I've got a reasonable chance of using had hiccuped 24 hours before I brought the rig home from NEAR-Fest . At 1848Z 11 OCT over Europe, the software on AO-51 crashed, shutting down both transmitters. Subsequently the repeater and BBS will be down for several days while the command stations reload. Bad luck. Patience, old man, patience. It's been more than three decades since the first desire, you can wait a few more days. Postscript November 4 AO-51 is back to life, though I haven't heard QSOs on every suitable pass. AO-27 and SO-50 are possibilities, too! I thought the former was no longer operational and the latter simply didn't come to my attention sooner. (Seems like a lot of &