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Attempt at AO-51 11/22/2011

Oddly enough I woke up early this morning (09:00 UTC) and checked my satellite app on my Android phone, and I saw AO-51 was going to be in the sky around the time I leave for work. And it's max elevation was to be 45°, decent enough I thought, so I set the radio, a DM-710A for the satellites, set the squelch right on the fringe of on/off and drove to work. In the past the signals from AO-51 have been able to break this squelch level, but now I am not so sure. it doesn't help that I am trying to listen with a trunk mount mobile antenna, mounted vertically. I have a homemade handheld Yagi that I can hook up to my HT that works a little better, but I still haven't made that first satellite QSO.


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