WB4SON wrote:So in my case, my DL was close to 145.955 (at the satellite, not at my rig). I would have expected my UL to be 435.145 (at the satellite, not at my rig). Instead my UL had to be adjusted to be 435.155 (at the satellite) -- I had to shift my UL up by 10KHz in order to be heard on the DL.
When I worked a pass last night around 0523 UTC, I found the same thing - move my uplink frequency up 10 kHz above what was originally published (+/- for Doppler through the pass). I had no problems hearing my CW through the transponder as I lined my radios up, and then proceeded to work two stations and even do some testing at different transmit power levels. This is a fun little satellite, and I will probably give it another try tonight from the back yard.
I didn't have time to prepare a video using the satellite audio and photos of my station, but will do so in the next couple of days. At the late hour I worked the satellite (approaching 10.30pm local time, or 12.30am Eastern time), there weren't as many stations on. I worked two others in SSB, and heard at least one or two CW signals sweeping through the transponder. Thankfully, there weren't any strong signals through the transponder that made it hard to hear myself.
My station - two FT-817NDs, transmitting normally at 5W, into an Elk handheld 2m/70cm log periodic. I'm not using preamps, and have a 10-foot/3m length of coax from antenna to diplexer, followed by 3-foot/1m lengths of coax from each band port on the diplexer to the radios. I plan on occasionally substituting my TH-F6A HT (with its all-mode receiver) in place of my receive 817 at some point, since I think the downlink should be strong enough to work with this HT.