AMSAT Satellite Operations
With a handheld dual bander, running 5 watts you can operate via OSCAR satellites OR the ISS (International Space Station)
You need the following: HT Dual bander OR Mobile unit. In either case a good antenna like an ARROW or full wave whip
NEW http://web.me.com/clintbradford/Work-Sat/Home_files/satbr8.pdf NEW
You need to know the following:
When one is within "view" of you radio http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/predict/ input your location via Lat Long or Grid Number
What the status of the satellites are http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/status.php
What Frequency is in use by the satellite(s) that you select AO-51 in this example http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/satInfo.php?satID=1&retURL=/satellites/status.php
Mode V/U (J) FM Voice Repeater: Operational Uplink: 145.9200 MHz FM, PL 67.0 Hz. Downlink 435.3000 MHz FM
See operating instructions for HT users http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/echo/EchoHT.php
Remember to listen listen listen first ... be prepared with Grid Number and a way to record the call signs of contacted stations and their grid number.
Headset is nice due to listen on downlink and transmitting on uplink ... plus background noise on the ground.