[amsat-bb] Re: My $0.02 worth

Bob- W7LRD w7lrd at comcast.net
Thu Jun 17 22:47:17 PDT 2010

AO-40 (sobsob)  every once in a great while I'll throw a little RF at it, just in case. 

73 Bob W7LRD 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Art McBride" <kc6uqh at cox.net> 
To: W7IN at montana.com, amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:10:12 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific 
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: My $0.02 worth 

While we are collecting cents! 
AO-40 a HEO was available for up to 12 hours each pass. Doppler and antenna 
pointing happened slowly for most of the pass. I had one antenna on a step 
ladder the other on a tripod. A slight adjustment every half hour was all 
that was needed. I worked 10 foreign countries and all across the US. I 
could set up and work at my leisure as many Stations as I wanted to. 1/2 to 
one hour QSO's were common. It was not rush and set up your gear have a 5 
minute hair raising QSO experience, controlling Doppler on two frequencies 
using one knob, or throwing out a perfectly good operating radio because the 
computer control doesn't work. 

-----Original Message----- 
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On 
Behalf Of Larry Gerhardstein 
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:58 PM 
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Subject: [amsat-bb] My $0.02 worth 

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 
magically appear. 

73, Larry W7IN, DN27, Plains Montana. 

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