[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 back in mode J-FM (and VERY busy)
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
Mon Sep 4 12:48:52 PDT 2006
> AO-51 is in high power mode J-FM this morning. I'm not sure if it's because
> it's a long weekend, in high power mode, or just off for awhile, but it was
> VERY crowded this morning. There were several interesting new or uncommon
> stations on, but they could not be worked at all QRP. I suspect they were
> having trouble as well. Eventually, folks did figure it out and paused to
> wait for a new/uncommon station to answer. It might be my own prejudices
> (as i haven't listened to the recording yet), but earlier in the pass, it
> seemed like it was mostly the 'regulars' working a few new-ish stations
> and each other.
It was probably all of those reasons. After a week of V/S, SO-50's passes
for North America coming early in the mornings or now starting to come by
at a decent evening hour, I think everyone was ready for AO-51 to be back
on V/U - high power or not. High power always seems to draw a bigger
> While 'standing on the soapbox', i'd say that i'd like to encourge folks to
> use the high power mode to let stations who have trouble hearing SO-50 or
> AO-51 to work satellites and get started. I would hope that folks who use
> mode J-FM on a regular basis would use coastal/oceanic passes, or SO-50, to
> say hello to their friends and/or talk at length about the weather. Alas,
> it is these conditions that discourage me from making my nantenna design
> widely available, as things are like this only discourage and frustrate
> new users, and easier access to mode J-FM might only make this worse.
Even the west-coast pass around 1648 UTC this morning was crowded.
Again, probably the masses waiting for V/U to reappear on AO-51, plus
some newbies hoping for the high-power mode to make receiving the
downlink a little easier.
I was up a little early today (a holiday), and Tim K4SHF asked me if I could
be on the earlier pass around 1510 UTC. We have been exchanging e-mails
about satellite-related stuff for the past couple of months, but we have not
had an opportunity to make a QSO. That pass was was a low one here, with
maximum elevation of 13 degrees, but I made that QSO with him (thanks
Tim!). I made a few other QSOs, including a couple where the other
stations called me. The crowd was definitely larger than normal for a pass
> On the other hand, SO-50 has definitely seen more usage and interesting
> stations do pop up over the 'States, especially on transcontinental passes.
> So especially this week, give SO-50 a try, and try to show some restraint on
> AO-51 so new folks can take advantage of high power mode.
The SO-50 morning passes are too early for me right now, but the passes in
the evenings are just about the same as AO-51 for North America. I might
try that tonight, just to be different.... :-)
> P.S. I had mail to AMSAT-BB bounce this weekend, but retrying ten minutes
> later succeeded. You might try the same thing if your mail gets returned.
I had that happen a couple of times, not on everything I sent, but as you
said it worked OK when I resent the message to the list a few minutes
later. Just weird...
Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK - Phoenix, Arizona USA
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