$40 AMSAT setup

In the past I’ve used my arrow antenna to do most of my AMSAT communications. This afternoon I had a free moment and decided to see what was flying over. SO-50, one of the satellites I track, was actually passing directly over my location. I decided to try out my baofeng uv5r and Nagoya antenna. The radio is about $25 and the antenna runs around $15. I’ve seen videos of people getting this to work, but have never gotten it to before. To my surprise I was able to pick up transmissions. I attempted contact, but the satellite was almost over the horizon at that point. Below is the video.

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