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Extraterrestrial Communications – Satellite QSO Attempt

Over 10 years as a ham and no satellite QSOs in the log. But, to be fair, that’s mostly for lack of trying. I recently decided I should give satellites a try

I built a portable 3 element dual-band yagi and have been itching to try it out. Hooked up to an HT, I was able to hear QSOs on a couple of amateur satellites and the ISS over the past couple of days, but I was unable to make any contacts. Suspecting inadequate power was the issue, I hooked up the FT-857 in "split" mode and gave it a shot on a low pass of AO-27. Did it work? There’s one way to find out…