[amsat-bb] Re: Field Day mode for AO-51

Mark Hammond N8MH marklhammond at gmail.com
Tue May 4 12:21:15 PDT 2010

For some us figuring out how to let the computer do all the work is a huge part of the  fun! It's like solving a big puzzle.  

Geesh if I wanted to talk to people I'd use the telephone. ;)
Mark N8MH
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-----Original Message-----
From: Gordon JC Pearce <gordonjcp at gjcp.net>
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 19:30:57 
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Field Day mode for AO-51

On Tue, 2010-05-04 at 07:20 -0500, Alan P. Biddle wrote:
> Peter,
> >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.
> Alan

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.

Gordon MM0YEQ

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