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    Feel free to post want equipment you use and share tip, tricks and stories about working Satellites!
    Pictures and Videos Welcome.


    I’ve recently got back into working some of the “easy-sats” like AO-91 and AO-92 and have had a lot of fun. I use an Motorola XTS-5000 for uplink on UHF and either an Yaesu FT-817 or FT-60 as the VHF receiver depending on which is charged. Antenna wise, I use an arrow antenna, which seems to work extremely well.

    I’ve had some luck copying FO-29 but I can’t seem to get into it. We’ll keep trying!


    I have an old setup for antennas and Yaesu AZ-EL rotors, but use my Kenwood TS-2000 connected to computer for frequency tracking.

    Also use Arrow antenna and TH-D72 for portable operation.

    I was mission control for VTC’s satellite in 2013-2015.


    I currently only have equipment to work FM satellites at the moment, but it can still be a lot of fun. One of the coolest sat ops I ever did was while camping on Cape Cod last summer. SO-50 was my metric for success at the time, since it was the only bird I’d ever successfully worked. I brought along a 70cm Yagi (cushcraft a440s), a dual band whip antenna for an HT and two separate handhelds. Using the UHF beam for recieve and the tilted whip method for transmit on VHF, I was able to successfully work two stations – it definitely impressed my two non-ham friends, which is (to me) one of the coolest parts of amateur radio. You get to show off the capability of such simple setups and methods of operating.

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