[amsat-bb] Re: Sat protocol
k5mlt at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 11 13:07:44 PST 2011
I too am new to satellite operations having made my first QSO on November 24 of
last year via AO51 and was immediately identified as a newbie and encouraged and
given advice by several with whom I made QSO's. When I decided to get into this
mode of operation, like most endeavors I pursue, I read everything I
could on the subject. Online and in print the common advice
from those offering it is "don't call CQ, do give your call and grid and wait
for someone to answer you or call someone who is giving their call and grid,
complete the exchange and move on. There seem to be some who make no effort to
learn proper operating procedures or just ignore procedure, but a vast majority
does seem to follow this type of procedure. What everyone seems to be concerned
with are the pileups and common courtesy of not stepping on others and being
long winded, which on the FM Birds could be anything above and beyond the
exchange. Reconfiguring the Birds to transponder only is not a viable option,
unless you wish to exclude newbie’s and oldies who for many reasons can only
work the FM repeater mode. Patience with and outreach to any "offender" should
be the first order of business, which I will make a concerted effort to do with
the next one I can identify. This can be done with an email that courteously
offers advice on how to succeed in and enjoy our hobby. A concerted effort from
AMSAT is one way of getting the info out, but not all operators are members and
I sure AMSAT has done this over the years. Like many activities, self policing
through offers of help and advice is the best option.
From: Joe <jbarkley at truvista.net>
Cc: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Sent: Tue, January 11, 2011 1:36:02 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Sat protocol
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
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
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
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..
Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL wrote:
> At 12:42 PM 1/10/2011 -0800, w6zkh at att.net wrote:
>> Problem is Damon, is that some of the worse offenders are guys who've been
>> around ever since I have been. Everyone out to get that elusive Grid Square
>> that they've worked a zillion times before. I too did the same as you, and
>> pretty much void the FM'er anymore, unless something special comes up.
>> For another 2 cents worth: (I know I'll get flamed) If there is some station
>> announcing here on the BB that they are going to a special grid location
>> that is
>> rare or needed by someone, then give them and others a break. Namely, if
>> he or
>> even any other station that is working Portable or HT status, work him, then
>> QRT, and leave the freq for others. 'Hogging' the channel, working or
>> the same old station you've worked a zillion times before and not letting
>> work the Portable/HT stations, just to satisfy your QSO count for more
>> just doesnt hack it, in my opinion. end of rant & extinguisher in
> You won't get flamed by everyone, I'll join ya in the fire.
> How many times do they actually have to work the SAME grid before
> it finally counts? LOL
> I don't join in but I listen. It's kind of like listening to CB.
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