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First SOAR to SOAR QSO!

I worked Patrick, WD9EWK on his SOAR, using my SOAR, through the ISS! It was a bit sketchy, lots of stations calling and not responding, but we both heard each other and got our grid squares! We’re calling it a QSO! This is the first SOAR to SOAR contact. Hopefully to be followed by many more to come. I also… Read More »First SOAR to SOAR QSO!

My First Satellite QSO!

I realize this is probably not what you want to read from the person who designing hardware specifically for the purpose of operating satellites, but I just made my first two Satellite QSOs during the 23:40UTC ISS pass over the South West US today! My first ever satellite QSO, with WA6ARA DM15: You can hear me get a little flustered… Read More »My First Satellite QSO!

WE HAVE QUESO– err, i mean QSO!

(I blame Alun for the cheesy Queso joke.) The first successful satellite QSOs made with SOAR prototype hardware happened this morning on the ~17:30 UTC pass of AO-91 over South Western US. Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK worked W7JSD in southern Arizona, N6UTC in Long Beach, California, and XE2BHL in Tijuana. I haven’t implemented pass audio recording in SOAR yet (it will… Read More »WE HAVE QUESO– err, i mean QSO!

SOAR Headset Connector

I’ve had several questions about what additional hardware you’ll need to provide for SOAR. One of those “additional hardware you’ll need to provide” is a headset. Lots of people have very strong opinions on headsets, and that’s ok. There are a lot of good options available, and they all optimize for different variables. One headset may be better for your… Read More »SOAR Headset Connector