[amsat-bb] Re: Field Day mode for AO-51
Gary "Joe" Mayfield
gary_mayfield at hotmail.com
Tue May 4 20:22:54 PDT 2010
I have L band gear. When the bird is in L/U Luc and I have a great time
talking to each other. When the bird is in V/U I'll make half a dozen or
more contacts in a pass. I voted for mode L, because I didn't believe V/U
was an option and S band is becoming too full of interference.
I have a couple questions:
1. The folks who can't eek out a contact with the handheld and Arrow during
Field Day, have you practiced? It's how I have done it the last couple of
years without that much trouble, patience and timing are the keys :-). We
have a good Field Day location where I can see down to the horizon.
2. Has the single contact per FM bird rule really helped anyone? In the
old days a couple big stations got on and essentially ran the bird. Is it
fair? NO! but they handed out a lot of QSOs and we seemed to get more AMSAT
Field Day entries as well.
The one bird one contact has been a noble experiment, maybe it is time to
examine the results.
Hats off to the controllers for starting the discussion!
73, Just My Thoughts,
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Andrew Glasbrenner
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 4:33 PM
To: Ng, Peter
Cc: amsat-bb at amsat.org; ao51-modes at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Field Day mode for AO-51
Ng, Peter wrote:
> ...sorry, I meant to vote for V/U mode as I only have VHF/UHF equipment!
Keep in mind there will likely be three or four transponders birds, and
two to four other FM birds available that weekend!
It's been my perception that a good portion of AMSAT's sustaining
members leave and breathe the highest tech they can manage. Eight out of
eight satellites being V/U seems counter to that goal.
Mark and Bob both make good points supporting at least one area of
refuge for this portion of the AMSAT population. Personally, I think the
V/U FM experience on Field Day is a big turnoff to newbies, especially
since so many under-prepared, over-powered and out of practice
once-a-year sat ops fail miserably to get those bonus points on FM.
I bet someone in your area has 1.2 Ghz capability!
73, Drew KO4MA
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