[amsat-bb] Re: Sat protocol

Joe jbarkley at truvista.net
Tue Jan 11 13:47:03 PST 2011

Very Good info Drew, I had not seen this before and will keep it 
bookmarked to pass along.

Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:
> On 1/11/2011 2:36 PM, Joe wrote:
>> I am new to the satellite world as of 3 years ago. I have read all the
>> posts on the
>> thread/s and I am wondering if there is a ACTUAL satellite protocol or
>> etiquette
>> that could be referenced.
>> I just the common courtesy I have learn over the years of working the 
>> bands
>> Or at least I hope I do. If I am offending please let me know as I will
>> others.
>> I try and get on the early passes on the FM birds when it is not so 
>> crowded
>> and can a 2 or 3 sentence conversation with guys I have worked before 
>> and
>> guys I have not. It is much easier on the linear birds to do that at
>> most any pass.
>> Just my 2 nickles worth but it would be nice to refer someone to a
>> "protocol"
>> when you feel they are not operating in a manner befitting the hobby 
>> rather
>> than them just thinking you should mind your own business and butt out..
>> 73,
>> Joe
>> KI4TZ
> This article is a good one: http://www.innismir.net/article/26 I've 
> emailed it to bad apples and newbies several times in the past.
> That being said, all the high power FM satellites have always had the 
> capacity to be a mess. UO-14 was worse than AO-51, partially because 
> it was 4 watts and you could truly work it on an HT antenna. There 
> were passes of UO-14 that sounded like Field Day from beginning to end.
> More and more operators are using half duplex systems on the FM 
> satellites, and this really has an impact when things get busy. Listen 
> to enough passes and when things jam up, and you'll figure out who is 
> full duplex, and who can hear well too. All of us need to encourage, 
> by education and example, full duplex operation as soon as possible in 
> an operators station evolution. Equipment is getting harder to find 
> new, but you can find used 2m uplink rigs for dirt cheap used, and 
> almost as much new as you'd save by forgoing the Arrow diplexer!
> We should also self-limit our QSOs when it gets busy. Sometimes it can 
> be hard to do. Personally, I tend to get dogpiled a little bit when I 
> get on. I'll answer someone if they call me (usually) but won't 
> initiate more than one or two QSOs, and those are usually new guys I 
> hear. I also often ignore stations who exhibit poor manners and QRM 
> other stations or QSOs. A little passive-aggressive, but it often gets 
> the point across.
> 73, Drew KO4MA
> AMSAT-NA VP Operations

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