Sometime in 2000 I got an Arrow II Satellite antenna. I used two HTs (hand held radios) (one for uplink and one for downlink) plus a tape recorder to record the pass. I would go out at night for a 12-15 minute satellite pass with all this gear and my Mom would laugh at me saying I looked like some sort of spy or something. Then I would endure the mosquitos while contacting stations all over the US, Canada and even a little bit of the Northern part of South America. It was a lot of fun.
I ripped the audio from the tapes into mp3 a long time ago and shared it on the web but the site it was on is long gone so here it is again. I have just gone through and listened to the passes and written down as best I could all the callsigns, grid squares, state and names that I could make out. Let me know if you have any corrections or additions in the comments.
All of these mp3s are under 2 Megabytes.
I am John, KG4AKV and these were recorded from Wilmington, North Carolina, grid square FM-14.
Call Name GRID State AD4DN FM14 K1LO Larry FN42 N7SFI Randy K5VAS LO VE3EPS FN03 AJ9K EN53 KG4AKV KK5DO EL29 K5OE K1DRW EM79 N2LMD FM29 N5ZNL KF4CJV AA5AO
Call Name GRID State KB7 91 KK5DO NA3IE Gary EM98 WV K1LO FN42 QFS DN40 K9HF EM48 KG4AKV VE2MJ NA2AA N8EIP EN91 K8KFJ KM5TE VE3GJS KC7QFS KG4AKV KE4AZN ???SWQ N5ZNL EM42 KD5SBA EL29 K8KFJ
Call GRID State Name KG4AKV FM14 KP3A PR Al KK5DO Bruce WA2HKS FN0 NY KB8BWE EM79 OH K4WZ GA WA3SKQ Rich KD5JMZ EM30 LO Jeff KB3DWQ PN KA3RFI Monty KG4IFJ N2OY FN02 W4HKV KP3A heard me but didn't copy my call right. Didn't make any contacts after that?
Call GRID State Name KK5DO NA2AA K5VAS EM32 LO VE2DIV FN35 Frank (complete empty pass on 440?) AA1UE FN32 MA portable VA3BJV KC2BYY FN30 NY N5ZNL N9UUR EN63
Call GRID State Name KG4AKV KG4ENR EM76 AA1UE AE9UN KB9UMT AA9UK N9TH N9UUR VE2DIV KK5DO EL29 ???PST AB0V NA2AA FN20
One funny thing I noticed about these recordings is I didn't make many contacts in them. On some passes I don't think I made any contacts! Odd. I did notice I was mostly putting out my call as opposed to calling other stations, maybe that is why. Regardless of what is in the recordings I remember making many contacts and having a good time. I think these recordings give you a good idea of what to expect if you haven't done an FM LEO satellite. It's fast so be prepared to make quick contacts.