I’ve been gearing up to work SO-50 lately. Mostly just listening in, perfecting my setup, and perhaps overthinking things.
I use ISS Detector for Android on my Galaxy S5 to alert me to ISS and AMSAT flyovers. I was busy when my phone alerted me to a nice 71° pass at just before 7pm local time. Well, by the time I had a chance to grab my gear, I had only 2 minutes to spare. Today, less was more, and with less… I made my first satellite contact.
I grabbed my tape measure antenna and only one radio, and connected it to the 2m side so I could transmit, and hopefully receive well enough. Once the bird broke through 25° it came in nice and clear (there are mountains to the north where it began it’s pass). I recorded the audio with my phone. I have been working to use my TASCAM audio recorder, but didn’t have time to get it all together… plus, I’ve yet to come up with a way for the TASCAM to record my transmissions. More tinkering to do there.
I waited for a break to get my call-sign in the mix, and ended up making contact with KM4LMF, who appears to be an even newer ham than I… As in a day or two ago?! Nice job!
Here it is:
I attempted a couple more contacts, and WB3CSY ended up calling, I threw out my call-sign, but at the time I didn’t catch his call-sign and I kinda just had a brain fart, after having made my first contact. Oh well… I was excited.
I’m sorry, WB3CSY… I’ll do better next time:
The tape measure antenna came through in a pinch! Now I need to work on getting an HT that does SSB for the other AMSATs up there.
Other call-signs heard today:
KP4WK – Brandon, FL
WC7V – Livingston, MT
N0SPN – Kasson, MN
KN0E – Monticello, MO
KD8ATF – Ft. Ashby, WV