[amsat-bb] Re: A considerate operating practice on FM (one channel) satellites, Europe

Tony Langdon vk3jed at gmail.com
Mon Jan 28 12:05:34 PST 2008

At 06:08 AM 1/29/2008, OZ1MY wrote:
>Hi all,
>This is a short version of an article I wrote in
>2000 about using FM (single channel) satellites.

You may also be interested in something similar I wrote around the 
same time...  http://vkradio.com/satiquette.html

I find this business of chasing gridsquares on FM satellites to be a 
recipe for disaster (be better if that was confined to CW/SSB, where 
there's more capacity and less demand), as it increases the demand on 
an already overloaded resource.  Over here, you don't normally hear 
gridsquares on the birds (well I certainly didn't when I was 
active).  Guess having 95% of operators in half a dozen grids helps - 
could collect them all in 2 passes on the same day if you're lucky! :)

Down, I have seen a wide range of passes, from busy when SO-35 was 
active, to literally having a pass to myself - I could certainly hear 
the downlink, but no one else was on...

73 de VK3JED

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