This afternoon I ducked up Red Hill on my way home from work to attempt my first reception of a satellite, and I'm happy to say I had success. VK2AY (I think) was heard co-ordinating traffic on AO-51 from all around VK land (I heard at least other VK2s and VK4s). This was done simply from my car with the FT-8900 and mobile whip. I manually adjusted the dial to accomodate doppler. All up I got about 3mins of good clear reception (probably limited more so by my doppler shifting skill) and the S meter even got up to S1 at one point.
I'm very happy with this my first attempt and look forward to trying more and eventually transmitting!!
Oh, I also used HAMSatHD on my iPad for tracking.