[amsat-bb] Arecibo grumble
w7lrd at comcast.net
Sun Apr 18 13:44:03 PDT 2010
I have never uttered a controversial word on this bb. This Arecibo event presented us with a fantastic opportunity. I truly applaud those who set this event up and ran it. However-the object is to make contacts, and as many as possible in the allotted time. The CW procedures were laborious, 73's, multiple calls, excessive id'ing. They needed a top notch cw op. They used SSB, CW, then JT-65. I was waiting for them to try FM. Again, I am grateful for the chance to try to participate in this event. I learned a great deal in preparing and participating in the process. Their signal peaked at 569 using a 910 with 50feet of LMR400 to a 40 el CP yagi set for LHCP. I am sure the JT-65 mode gave flea powered stations an opportunity. As I hit this send button they have 40 minutes left. They might work a few more. grumble!!
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