[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 back in mode J-FM (and VERY busy)

Ernie Howard w8eh-Ernie@cinci.rr.com
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.

Ernie W8EH

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