[amsat-bb] Re: Disappointed

Dee morsesat at optonline.net
Tue Feb 17 16:45:27 PST 2009

Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:

>I'm really disappointed in the fact that so many users are ignoring the 
>request to leave the 435.150 downlink open for K5D while over Desecheo. It's 
>really simple, if gridsquare FK68 is in the footprint there shouldn't be any 
>QSOs or calls that don't involve K5D. Once FK68 is out of the footprint, 
>it's QRP rules. If you are not sure when they are out of the footprint, then 
>stand down for the entire pass or until you hear someone say they are out of 
>the footprint.
>The consequences of even a few users ignoring this is that others will feel 
>it is OK and pile on, and when K5D does show up they might just not even 
>bother to try to break through the normal chaos.
>Satellite operators are considered by many to be the cream of the crop when 
>it comes to ham radio. Let's live up to this and exercise a little self 
>control and make this easy for both us and the DXpedition.
>73, Drew KO4MA
>AMSAT-NA VP Operations 
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:-[ Andrew,
I am surprised you are disappointed at the satellite users failing to 
use a satellite as requested.  One only has to listen to
AO-51 during a normal pass.  Several of my friends have tried to contact 
me using non perfect antennas, low power and
they have given up because of the users (more power than a reading lamp) 
that are on almost every pass not allowing
others to communicate.   Give a listen and let others try this 
fascinating mode of ops and add to the satellite users group.
Now let's get back to the HEO mode of thinking for future ops and 
relinquish 10 minute pass jams to the past.
Good luck.
NJ AMSAT Co-ordinator

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