[amsat-bb] FM Satellite Net-Control Exercise Drills

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Jun 28 10:30:24 PDT 2011

> I propose there be a Net Day every month 
> on certain FM satellites starting with AO-51...

AMEN!  We did this back with the VOICE Transponder on PCSAT-1.  Not being an
"AMSAT" we did not have to ask anyone.  We just declared that the
transponder would be on on such and such a day, and that operation would be
via Net Control.  TO my rememberance, it worked perfectly.

Net control simply called for checkins by category (EVER MINDFULL of exactly
where the satellite footprint was optimum.  Remember, those directy below
the satellite have a 10 dB advantage over those on the edge...

We did this as a demonstration of how well NET CONTROL type operation would
work on an FM satellite.  At the time, of course, the Neanderthals opposed
even the concept on an AMSAT.  So we did nothing much elase...  What we did
not think of, is Ed's idea of a ONCE A MONTH exercise as a way of testing it
and getting people used to it.  

I'm all for it!

Bob, Wb4APR

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