I’m thinking about investing into adding a satellite capability to my portable kit, and it got me wondering if anybody has gone about conducting a SOTA activation using one of the amateur radio satellites up in the heavens? How did it go? Were the QSOs accomplished on a schedule? What equipment was used?
Or better yet, has anybody attempted a SOTA EME contact? With the JT modes out there, and some advances in battery technology, I think this could be barely possible, with sufficient luck and labor, to complete a SOTA QSO using the moon. It would probably take a decent portable VHF/UHF radio, a good receive preamp, a brick amplifier, a bunch of batteries, a computer, and a couple long yagis on a tripod. It’s probably best to complete such a QSO on a schedule, with the moon at the horizon (to take advantage of ground gain, and to also simplify the antenna elevation issue). My assessment is that it would be possible to do this, but challenging.