[amsat-bb] Geo Sat on Field Day
sco at sco-inc.com
Wed Oct 31 13:17:03 PST 2007
Are you kidding. It would be a wild West shootout on Field Day
(remember there is NO limit on the number of QSOs on the linear sats)
Field Day on this satellite would be wall to wall 24 hour contacts.
it would make the HF ops with their limited openings salivate at the
prospects of what ... 1000 sat contacts, 2000 contacts, more? I can
see the sat station by itself with more contacts than all the HF
stations at a club's site on FD. Then the sat station would decide
where the club would setup. How many could one station work in 1 hour
and multiple that by 24. Is there a limit of only one sat station on
FD or could we run multiple rigs? The last good FD for me was when
AO40 was up. I told my club that i will not even bother going to
their FD next year basically because of the sat situation (no help
and basically no birds to waste my time and effort).
At 04:14 PM 10/31/2007, you wrote:
>I was thinking the same thing. One of the things that brought
>me back into ham radio was the challenge and new experiences.
>But a geosat sounds like it would be nothing more than
>an internet chatroom - all it takes is a connection. Don't get me
>wrong, it will be great for EMCOMM. But, other than that, meh.
>--- Michael Tondee <mat_62 at netcommander.com> wrote:
> > This is kind of along the lines of what I was thinking. Please don't
> > get me wrong, I think AMSAT has an excellent opportunity here but won't
> > this take some of the challenge out of things? I missed AO-40 altogether
> > and I'm not active now because I had to sell my equipment but what
> > originally drew me to sat operation in the first place was the challenge
> > and thrill of working birds like the LEO linear and FM birds. I enjoy
> > watching the footprint move across my PC screen. Heck, sometimes I just
> > liked to go out on the deck on a not particularly good pass and watch
> > the antennas track! I'll certainly be back in business for
> > geostationary piggy back systems and use them but I'm thinking it will
> > seem rather ordinary. Any ham who is capable of pointing an antenna to a
> > fixed spot can become satellite active. I know, I know, thats good but
> > it also takes away some of the novelty of it. I guess we can still
> > challenge ourselves with P3E.
> > Again, please don't misconstrue my intention here, I'm not meaning to
> > criticize or complain, I'm just making an observation.
> > 73,
> > Michael, W4HIJ
> > w7lrd at comcast.net wrote:
> > > Hello
> > > To play the devils advocate for a moment.
> > > With a geo (stuck) sattelite we are pretty much stuck with the same foot
> > print forever. Unless of course there is some sort of cross linking in the
> > future. I very fondly recall AO-40 and bringing it up on my computer and
> > seeing where the foot print was today. Maybe it's the Europeans or perhaps
> > the VK's, ZL's (love their accent), or maybe some JA's, (practice my
> > Japanese). At some time, I knew I could cover the whole planet. I do of
> > course believe this is an excellent opportunity, though there are a some
> > limitations.
> > >
> > > --
> > > 73 Bob W7LRD
> > > AMSAT member 28498
> > > Seattle
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