QSL & Awards
Portable operation: Texel Isl., sept. 4-8, 2006
During a short holiday break I visited the Dutch island of Texel (IOTA EU-038) from september 4-8, 2006.
I packed my portable satellite station so I could make some QSOs will I was there.
My setup consisted of (see picture):
Yaesu FT-817ND all-mode transceiver (uplink, 5 W)
Icom IC-R20 all-mode receiver (downlink)
Arrow antenna (2m/70cm)
Headset with integrated microphone
7Ah lead-acid battery
Due to terrible desense I couldn't work FO-29 and SO-50. I only worked AO-51 which was in high power mode at that time. I could also work VO-52 but didn't manage any QSOs on that satellite.
This was my first portable satellite operation.
This is what I learned:
This setup works very well for the current LEOs
I need a desense filter for mode V/U operation
VOX and high winds don't go well together
5 W is sometimes not enough on busy FM sats
The built-in voice recorder of the IC-R20 is just great. I don't have to write things down!
Everything fits easily in my backpack with lots of space left for snacks
You don't really need a notebook or PDA for real-time pass prediction as long as you have a list of all passes for your (general) location on paper. If you know the AZ at AOS and LOS for a given satellite you're good to go. It helps if you have a compass to find out the right direction for your location.
While running QSOs on a satellite, I don't have time to look on a screen anyway. My hands are busy pointing the Arrow for best reception and tuning for doppler ;) And once you hear the satellite you only have to wave the antenna a bit to find out what position gives the best reception.
Conclusion: I had a great time and will do it again anytime!
Check out the QSO logbook of my first portable operation below.
PH7AT/P in JO23JC (IOTA EU-038)