I finally did it. I finally worked another Ham operator though a Satellite. Actually, 2 stations in Ohio, 1 in Jew Jersey, and 1 in Massachusetts. It was very exciting!
I was able to achieve this with loan of an Arrow antenna from a friend of mine. I was using my old Yaesu FT-726r and manually adjusting for Doppler effect and pointing the antenna. I also had to take notes and use the microphone. If I had about 4 hands things would have been much easier. There is something to be said for computer control.
The two satellites that I worked though are AMSAT-OSCAR 51 (AO-51 or Echo) and Saudi-OSCAR 50 (SO-50) They just happend to be coming at each other in opposite directions so that I could work AO-51 from South to North and then pick up SO-50 from North to South. They were both low angle passes to the East out over the Atlantic.
The Arrow Antenna was great! SO-50 only has a 250mW transmitter and The downlink was very clear all the way through the pass. The Arrow really pulled it in.
AO-51 and SO-50 are microsats. They are only a 25mm cubes. They tumble as they rotate around the Earth. They are amazing little repeaters in the sky.
Thanks for reading…..