Monday, January 18, 2010

Digital Talker - SEED II - CO-66

Other than the SSTV image from the SEED II ( CO-66 ), here is the recording of the Digital Talker and SSTV audio from the pass window at 1252z 18 Jan 2010.

Please click the link above to listen, have fun.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

SSTV image - SEED II CO-66

At 1352z on 16 Jan 2010, first time received the SSTV images transmit from the SEED II Satellite (CO-66), downlink frequency is 437.485 MHz. Equipment are FT-736R, 12 ele yagi and software MMSSTV.

Marvin Gin, W6VM became SK

Received email from John Baer (W6SL) and Bill Fong (W6BBA)informing that Marvin Gin, W6VM passed away on 1/13/2010.
I am sad to hear that. He was in and out of the hospital with diabetes and lung water problems lately.
He was a great guy, ham friend in Santa Maria, CA, USA. He is very much missed. May he rest in peace.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

HO-68 First QSO

I got my first few QSO'S on the linear transponder of HO-68 last evening.

The new SAT has a fantastic footprint which allowed me to make it possible working JA when the bird start to climb up from the south horizon. What an excellent signal and audio on any station, it was like 20 meter band on a contest day, finally worked 11 JA, 1 HL and 1 BY.

Congratulations to the entire team---from construction, to launch, to commissioning the first Chinese Amateur Radio Satellite. The hard work is evident and appreciated by ham operators around the world.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

QRV on Satellite again

I spent two weekends to put back the simple satellite antennas, including:
G-800SDX AZ rotator
G-500A EL rotator
Maspro - 144 MHz 8 element yagi
Maspro - 430 Mhz 12 element yagi

It finished in the late afternoon today, by chance AO-51 passing through, made three QSOs

1) BD4SY 1010z 59 59
2) UK8GDW 1019z 59 59
3) RA0SBY 1020z 59 59

It works fine so far.