VUCC SATELLITE GRID TOTALS:
WRK'd 1,032 Total Cnf'd 964 LoTW Credits 360 As of Jan. 22, 2015
Completed my WAS OSCAR (satellites) #337 ALL on LoTW QSO's Dec. 02, 2014
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AO-7 Status: November 09,2014
Well there is good & bad news concerning AO-7, the Eclipse Cycle for 2015 will begin even earlier, for those who prefer Mode B, this will be good, but those of us who closely observe the operations of AO-7, we have noticed that the periods of extended Total Eclipse seem to have some effect on the satellite. While there are no "clear-cut" answers as to why, Ao-7 seems to be a little "perculiar" as it powers back up from the Eclipse shutdown. I have surmised that this may be a result of the satellite getting extremely cold in the absense of sunlight and that the audio distortions and apparent "FM'ing" of the satellite may be due to the core temperature of the satellite along with the diminished sunlight on the solar panels, but these are just speculations on my part. I am hoping to get more volunteers to help monitor the Telemetry Frequency of AO-7 in 2015 to see if we can capture some of the CW telemetry in the hopes of securing some usable data on the satellite. During the 2014 Eclipse Cycle, several times the satellite had clear & strong CW beacons, we might get luck and be able to discover some useful information on the extraordinary satellite. Now the bad news, The Eclipse Cycle 2015(Part A) will end around the 1st of October 2015 but then it will return on December 22, 2015 and will continue with growing eclipse periods for 16+ years, YES THAT IS CORRECT, 16+ YEARS! I can only guess what effects this may have on AO-7 and its daily operations. I will post more here and I will have articles in my StarCOM/SatDX Newsletter.
For those who have the capablity, Mode A is fun on AO-7 and there are fewer operators there. I am re-installing my 10m beam to be ready for the return of Mode A.
SatDX-BB will concentrate on making a BB platform available for International Operators on the satellites who wish to pursue "DX" on the satellites. I invite all international operator's who have the "AOS/LOS" capable stations to check out SatDX-BB, we are just getting it up and running and my European Admin is in place to help work with the European Satellite Community.
This is the product of the Grid Guerrilla newsletter I created for Grid Hunters on the satellites, I hope to expand this to encompass other VHF/UHF operations as well.
The sign up page for either StarCom-bb or SatDX-bb is as follows:
from this page you can sign up for either of the bulletin boards
QTH: EM55aj84tahttp://no.nonsense.ee/qthmap/This web page will accept the 10 character Alpha/Numeric identifiers of the Maidenhead Grid Square System for the highest degree of accuracy you can achieve when calculating distances between stations.
I added a SKYPE account to my tools to work the wonderful world of satellites. My account name is:
My satellite operations in working with European and South American stations has been helped tremendously with the use of the "Frequency at the Satellite" feature that Erich, DK1TB, has incorporated into SatPC32v12.8c.
That feature allows both operators to select a frequency in advance, and then when the satellite is over both stations they can attempt a contact without having to search for each other. Erich and I back during the winter, using this feature were able to hear each other during a 40 second opening on FO-29, Erich and I are 7,533.685Km apart, which is a significant distance for FO-29, after just 3 attempts we were able complete a QSO on FO-29. Satellite DX is a challenging part of our hobby and great distances can be achieved with some planning & hard work.
FRANK E. GRIFFIN
AMSAT #38691, ARRL MEMBER
Formally: K3FG, N4FAC, WB4NUO & WN4NUO.
After a 20 year hiatus from the hobby I have returned. My current passion is working the satellites, I work the satellites daily.
Currently I am working AO-7 Mode A & B, AO-73, SO50 & FO29.
If signals are weak into the "bird" I will drop down below center frequency and operate CW, (I am the one sending between 20-25 WPM!)
I am retired and if anyone anywhere wants to try a satellite contact, drop me an email and we will make a schedule.
I do like to "chase" new grid squares so I try towork as many of the "new-comers" as I can, you never know where they might be and we were all new at this at one time or another.
I have been in this HOBBY since 1976 so lets all remember we all were a "new-comers" at some point in our radio careers. I do not care if you have a code or no code license, I am an "old-timer", that and a couple of bucks will get me good cup of coffee from Starbucks!
If I can help you out just ask, If I need some help, I am for sure gonna ask.
For the "New-comers", WELCOME TO THE HOBBY! for the "Old-timers" LET'S ENJOY OUR HOBBY"
Thanks for looking me up on QRZ!
I know my grid doesn't always fall into a footprint that will allow me access to Europe, but I am in the foot-print at low angles if anyone would like to give it a try, time of day is not an issue with me.
My mobile set up is becoming more of a "Portable" set-up, I have an Icom IC-910h that will be my new mobile/portable rig, I will use simple antennas when mobile, I have both an Elk and an Arrow for the "fast and dirty" operations and for serious portable operations I am building a small antenna system using two shorter versions of my base station antennas, mounted on a Glen Martin roof top tower on a small trailer.
It's good to be back on the AIR!
FRANK E. GRIFFIN
1st licensed Novice WN4NUO 1976 Upgraded to General WB4NUO 1978 Changed Call to N4FAC Upgraded to Advanced (N4FAC) Upgraded to Amatuer Extra (N4FAC)1983 Vanity Call (K3FG)1997 Vanity Call (K4FEG)NOV./2006
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