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do I hear an Echo?

I heard an amateur radio satellite for the first time today! Or rather, I heard its downlinked UHF signal. The satellite in question is AO-51 (Echo), a satellite in a polar low-earth orbit that has been making good passes over this area roughly every five days. The last time I tried to listen its voice downlink was off, and its digital telemetry was less than exciting to listen to—actually, it sounded just like static noise. This time the voice downlink and uplink were on, and I could hear people "working" it. Maybe next time I'll transmit to it, which involves more coordination and etiquette than does just receiving the signal.

Here's a description of my amateur radio gear.


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Jan. 27th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
Quite a few Linuxchix are hams... including me
Quite a few LinuxChix are hams. I am often surprised to find out just how many of us are licensed. Very cool to run into yet one more amateur radio operator among us. I hold an Extra class license and my callsign in K7VO.

May I humbly suggest you consider modes other than FM on VHF and UHF? First that will give you access to additional satellites. Second, it will allow you to play around with terrestrial propagation as well. I am active on 6m, 2m, 1.25m, 70cm, and 23cm as well as the HF bands. VHF/UHF weak signal work (mainly SSB, but also some CW and digital modes) can be an absolute blast. Active... well, when I have the time :)

I do keep a separate blog just for my ham activities, the only blog I have which I haven't fed to live.linuxchix.org. Perhaps I should change that. What do you think? Anyway, that blog is at http://k7vo.blogspot.com

(like Katie, just spelled funny)
Jan. 27th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Quite a few Linuxchix are hams... including me
I've just been getting into amateur radio after having had my license for years but not doing anything with it. I certainly will consider modes other than FM on VHF/UHF, once I sink some money into more equipment.

I say sure on feeding your ham blog to live.linuxchix.org, especially since amateur radio is a technical subject, and goodness knows many of the feed items that appear there aren't technical, let alone linux-related.
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