[amsat-bb] AO-51 L/S?
w7lrd at comcast.net
Sun Oct 4 11:03:21 PDT 2009
I would like to request a "somewhat" consistent L and / or S mode availability on AO- 51. A recent post by John-K8YSE correctly explained that long term L/S availability is almost counter productive. If we define that by the number of operators to pass ratio. There are a few of us L/S holdouts mostly from AO-40 (sobsob). If we could plan that for say three days (or whatever) at a given date we can expect those modes, and be ready. Right now it appears to be a month to month variable decision with nothing definitive. If there were more availabilty and chit-chat about L/S modes it might inspire others to try it. AO-51 is the only testbed for varied L/S modes. The only way I have for "tweeking" my S band gear is to put a -35Dbm signal source at the end of my driveway and tweeking my equipment and antennas. Real world evaluation is always the proof of success.
73 Bob W7LRD
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