Satellite i can use evenings in iowa

mtand73

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Iowa
Im starting to get interested in HAM satellite use and pretty much only have evenings free to participate, anyone know what satellites would be in range from say five at night till around ten?
Weekends are pretty open if you have info for that also. I have tried satellite apps but they don't have a way to particularly pick times they come into range.
Thanks for any help 👍
 

ko6jw_2

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May 18, 2008
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Satellites are in low earth orbit. They will be overhead for a few minutes only. I use ProSatHD to track them. It will tell you based on your location when the next pass will be for a given satellite. Neat 3d earth graphics. I have used a Arrow cross beam antenna and my FT-817ND to work them. Need to set up your radio for doppler shift etc. Takes some skill and practice. Using VOX with a headset will free up your hands to point the antenna. Check out the AMSAT website.
 
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