[amsat-bb] Re: VO-52 underused bird

Tony Langdon vk3jed at gmail.com
Wed Oct 25 19:37:07 PDT 2006

At 08:24 AM 10/26/2006, you wrote:
>Hi Bob
>I couldn't agree more. It is very much under utilized down here. Hope to
>hear VK3JED on VO52 real soon.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned in private email, one big issue for me 
is the UHF side of the bird.  I don't have much in the way of UHF SSB 
gear, and I have noticed this is quite common, especially outside the 
major cities.  Everyone has HF, and quite a lot of people have 2m 
SSB, but 70cm SSB starts to get scarce.  Most of those who have it 
these days only have it because they managed to afford one of the 
newer all band, all mode rigs (FT-847, IC-706IIG, etc).  I don't fall 
into that category, I'm another of the group who have 2m all mode (2 
rigs even!), but nothing other than FM on any higher bands. :(

In the country, even UHF FM operators start to become thin on the 
ground, let alone SSB.

73 de VK3JED

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