Working Amateur Satellites from home QTH

Life member ARRL and AMSAT-NA     

I'm been very active working Amateur Radio Satellites since the early 1980's.   

Iv worked the US Space Shuttle crew several times over the past several years, starting back in 1984.   Contacts with the US Space Shuttle included both voice and digital packet modes.  I was one the first 10 Hams to make two-way digital packet contact with the Space shuttle in 1990 while commanded by  WA4SIR Ron Parise.

Iv also worked the Russian MIR Space station several times via packet during it tenure in orbit around Earth.  Before being sent into the Pacific ocean in the mid 1990's.

Today I worked the International space station regularly by both voice and digital packet modes.   Iv  talked with almost every crew that has been aboard the International Space Station starting in the late 1999, along with my daughter now working her license.

During the mid 1980's I was also very active working EME (Using the Moon as a reflector and bouncing signals of it back to the Earth) with other Kansas hams from Wichita and Salina area.  We regularly worked several EME Moon bounce contests from KF0M or WB0DRL's (The Hill) QTH's.   I also have a 16 foot trailer with 20 feet of Rohn 25G tower and four Jr. Boomers we used as a Moon Bounce rover during several VHF contests in the mid 1980's.  In 1980's we placed several rare grids in Western Kansas, Northern Oklahoma, New Mexico and Eastern Colorado in operation.  

I was also one of the first few amateur radio operators to make a moon bounce contact with a single boomer Yagi antenna with 500 watts of transmit power into a 32 foot 2 Meter Boomer antenna at 100 foot off the ground.

Today I'm very active with LEO Amateur Satellites AO-7, UO-14, AO-27, SO-50, UO-22, and  AO-40.

Rover AO-40 Station

Putting remote Grids Squares EM-09 on in North Western  Kansas 2001 via multiple satellites ISS, U0-14 and AO-27 for Grid Square chasers

AO-40 Information

AO-40 Operating Tip!

Use minimum power with AO-40 as possible.  AO-40 UHF receiver hears very good.   Using a 3 foot grill type dish with 30 element circular polarized antenna  you can work AO-40 with only 4 watts uplink power.    On downlink side signals can be copied with 4 watt uplink to AO-40 at low squint angles < 30 degrees.   Good average power to use for uplink is 10-12 watts.

AO-40 Special Events Analysis by Lee KU4OS


Low Orbiting Satellites - LEO's

Antennas that I use 

Home Satellite Antennas

Elevation and Azimuth control I use Yaesu G-5500 Rotor along with Satellite Tracker Jr.  interfaced to NOVA for automatic  control antenna pointing. 

AO-40 2.4 GHz down link antenna and downconverter information Barbecue Grill / MMDS Dish's and Transys AIDC-3731  2.4 GHz 



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