[amsat-bb] Re: Field Day mode for AO-51
Gordon JC Pearce
gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Tue May 4 11:30:57 PDT 2010
On Tue, 2010-05-04 at 07:20 -0500, Alan P. Biddle wrote:
> >From past studies, mode L/U is the place to be if you want to work someone
> on AO-51 without an EME station. ;) While the V/U FM repeater was choked
> on every pass, there were very few stations on L/U. In the four passes I
> monitored last year, totaling 46 minutes, there were only 21 station heard.
> Half of those were on the first pass, and by the last pass on Sunday, only
> one plaintive station calling.
Presumably that's because very few people have L- and S-band equipment.
I'm guessing that many people are - like me - put off by the prohibitive
cost and requirement for overcomplicated tracking systems.
Working V/U with a handheld antenna is much more fun than sitting
watching a computer twiddle servos and tune the radio for you.
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