[amsat-bb] Re: [fieldops] What do you do with satellites?

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 2 19:33:17 PDT 2008

One can have long conversations through a regular repeater, but the primary factor is "load".  How many folks want to talk at the same time.  I've had a number of relatively long conversations, some three-way, through SO-50, but they were very late at night.  These days it's a lot easier to have a conversation through AO-7 or FO-29, because they support multiple conversations at once.  

Secondarily, and not to be dismissed, is that a HEO orbit gives you a lot longer to talk.  But you first have to the bandwidth to do so.

Greg  KO6TH

> From: rjansson at cfl.rr.com
> To: eric at christensenplace.us; fieldops at amsat.org; AMSAT-BB at amsat.org
> Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008 11:54:49 +0000
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: [fieldops]  What do you do with satellites?
> Eric:
> This is where the "beauty" of HEO satellites are seriously missed. Unlike
> LEO satellite exchanges, HEO satellites promote true, long discussions with
> hams in other countries creates genuine cultural exchanges - much more than
> "just talking". I can cite chapter and verse of such past QSOs.
> '73,
> Dick Jansson, KD1K
> kd1k at amsat.org
> kd1k at arrl.net  
> -----Original Message-----
> From: fieldops-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:fieldops-bounces at amsat.org] On
> Behalf Of Eric Christensen
> Sent: Thursday, 02 October, 2008 01:04
> To: AMSAT FieldOps; AMSAT-BB at amsat.org
> Subject: [fieldops] What do you do with satellites?
> I had a question a couple of days ago from someone that thought all you
> could do over the satellites was talk.  I explained to him that there
> were other things you could do but I'm sure I left out some things.
> That got me thinking, though.  I wonder how many people just aren't
> familiar enough with satellites to know there are other things you can
> do with them than just pick up a microphone and talk.
> I've already started writing an article on what you can do with
> satellites but I'd love to hear from all the users out there as to how
> you operate over the birds.
> Please respond directly to me at w4otn at amsat.org.
> 73,
> Eric Christensen, W4OTN
> AMSAT Area Coordinator - Southeastern Virginia USA
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