RSOC Satellite Station Operational

By: Kent Petty, KL5T

Well, it has been a bit of time coming, but the club’s satellite station is back on the air! It’s operable on 2-meter / 70 cm birds at this time. Maybe 2.4 GHz in the future?

Kevin Opalka, KL1V has been working on getting the station operational for a while. He installed the coax and the new pre-amp weatherproof box on the tower, and we were finally able to install a new N-connector on the LMR-600 for the UHF antenna yesterday.

Over the course of the last 2 days, TJ Sheffield (KL7TS), Kevin, and Kent Petty (KL5T) wrestled with SatPC32 to get the Yaesu az-el control and Icom IC-9700 CAT control working. It all came together this afternoon. With a fresh set of Keplerian elements were tracking satellites in real-time.

We still need to apply power to the preamplifiers; however, it is likely we’ll have enough gain from the boomer yagis to work a number of satellites.

More to follow.