[amsat-bb] My $0.02 worth
W7IN at montana.com
Thu Jun 17 18:58:04 PDT 2010
I don't feel a bit sorry for those who gripe on this BB about there not
being enough HEO birds, too many FM birds (operators), not enough linear
transponders, or the like. Yesterday, I encountered a nice FO-29 pass
with maxEL about 60 degrees here at my QTH. I heard no one, yet I could
hear my CW/SSB downlink signal from the bird loud and clear. For awhile
the footprint covered the entire 48 state region. I thus called CQ for
nearly 15 minutes, but no one (that's zero, na-da) came back to my calls.
Then later there was a good VO-52 pass and I did manage to work N6PAA,
very good clear SSB signals both ways. But during the 10-15 minutes of
that pass, I heard no one else in a QSO or calling CQ etc.
I think before we start making complaints about the current state of
affairs, we seriously consider making use of those resources we do have
at present. And then make a financial donation to the various AMSAT's
and teams working to make future birds possible. We all want another
HEO with lots of modes/bands, but complaining will not make one
73, Larry W7IN, DN27, Plains Montana.
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