[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 back in mode J-FM (and VERY busy)
Mon Sep 4 14:43:53 PDT 2006
John Mock wrote:
> 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.
Please don't send them over to SO-50 to 'talk at length'. Too much of that
is observed sometimes on the weekends now. :)
Part of the trouble that I observed with AO-51 is some stronger stations
(without PL) or illegal cordless phones, are blanking out the uplink. I had
trouble after the switch to V/U. I usually run 2 watts to a CP KLM beam.
Even with the rig boosted up to 45 watts, I couldn't overcome
whatever/whoever was blanking out the sat most of the time. Out of two
passes this morning, I made only one contact. Lots of stations on, but only
the strongest seemed to make it over whatever was blocking us. Strange that
I didn't have that trouble at all when it was in V/S mode earlier.
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