[amsat-bb] proposing a new gentleman's rule...

Auke de Jong, VE6PWN sparkycivic at shaw.ca
Mon Feb 18 14:47:00 PST 2008

In light of hearing some stations calling "CQ" or "CQ Satellite" and then failing to reply to the terurn calls, I have realized that there is a need for a new procedure to be used when calling "CQ" on satellites.  This is needed in order to address multiple satellites sharing a common uplink frequency, and having overlapping(or nearly-so) footprints.  In particular, AO-51 and AO-16 are using 145.92 FM for their voice uplinks, and their footprints are presently seperated by only a few minutes. 

Perhaps the considerate operator should be naming the satellite that they are trying to use while calling, in order to avoid confusion or frustration when the operator's calls might be inadvertently received on multiple sats at once.  

Any thoughts?

Auke de Jong
Edmonton, AB

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