[amsat-bb] Re: Longwindedness

Bob Stewart bob at evoria.net
Thu Oct 4 23:03:00 PDT 2007

--- Eric Fort <eric.fort at gmail.com> wrote:

> Rather than getting an amp and engaging in a power battle (where you could
> then be construed as CAUSING INTENTIONAL INTERFERENCE to this guy) would it
> not be better for AMSAT or one of the control stations to contact the
> longwinded station in an official capacity letting him know that if he keeps
> hogging the sat passes he will not be welcome.  

Yes, it would be better if AMSAT contacted the guy.  But, satellite resources
too precious for it to be even remotely reasonable to say "I got here first so
satellite's mine for the entire pass and if you make a QSO you're interfering".
Making contacts and ignoring these guys is not the same thing as whistling in 
the mike (which I've heard on AO-51 and SO-50) or keying a dead carrier (which 
I've also heard) or anything else to deliberately interfere.  I've heard
multiple grid 
exchanges going on at the same time on the EZ-sats and it often works out
well.  It also reminds the few that there are others out there wanting to talk
to someone, 
too, and they sometimes even take the hint.

Do we have "laws" established for what an EZ-sat QSO is and how long it should
last?  Do we even want such laws?  Gentlemen's agreement's usually work out
well.  When they don't, then often notices from an OO are ignored and/or
laughed at,
(Remember Dan and Jon?) and sometimes the first letter from the FCC is even
That's when we get the pleasure of reading their callsigns and names on the
board of 
shame on ARRL (the fcc actions page).  By my book, being a gentleman means
to ensure that everyone gets to enjoy the pass - that "everyone" also just
happens to 
include me.  "One and done" works pretty good on a busy pass.

Bob - AE6RV

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