[amsat-bb] SO-50 under-utilized again

John Mock KD6PAG kd6pag at amsat.org
Fri Oct 13 17:29:53 PDT 2006

I've only heard one station in two of the past three SO-50 passes i've worked
and most of them covered the East Coast.  The last pass had no one else on at
all and was 15 degrees elevation in New York City (8 degrees in California). 
I sent out a dozen QSL cards from my trip to CM99, and the majority were on
SO-50, so there are usually people there to work (just not much in the past
two days).

On the other hand, AO-51 has been quite busy on the transcontinental passes
and has been hard to get into.  SO-50 isn't hard to work if you have an AZ-
EL mount and works well hand-held with an Arrow (or equivalent), albeit a 
bit hard to find when it's so quiet.  Both use a 67 Hz PL and there's often
someone to turn it on if you don't know how (and it's not hard).

73's and catch you on the birds.

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