[amsat-bb] Re: KB1GVR

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Aug 17 10:24:55 PDT 2011

> Congrats Kevin , not much traffic on NO-44 ( w3ado-1 ) 
> I guess because it's so hard to reach .

No, it can hear a 5W HT (when close), but the problem is that it's battery
is dead.  It can save up enough energy during a mid-day pass to maybe
support one or two successful packets.  But any other packets simply kill it
back to zero.  

That is what is so sad.  There are a few dozen people who operte permanent
beacons on the channel just so they can be heard, but in so doing, the
unattended beacons are killing the battery that real-live people could
actually use.

If we could just get all the UNATTENDED stations on the ISS and PCSAT
(w3ado-1) uplink to be silent so that the manned stations wouidl have less
congestion (or more power on PCSAT), then maybe 1 or two packets per pass
couild be successful via PCSAT (again, though, only during mid-day when the
sun is right on its best angle to the best panel).

You can hear the problem on every packet.  There is not even enough battery
amps to finish a complet4e packet.

Bob, Wb4APR

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