[amsat-bb] -={Echo Madness}=-

Kevin Deane summit496 at live.com
Tue Mar 29 00:26:30 PDT 2011

I was hoping to get some feedback from you guys. I have only been operating for a short time and had some hicup's along the way. I found some recordings of when I first started...There were some I could not hear the bird, and the very first ones were pretty funny. I got some schooling on my form pretty quick from you guy's. I wish I would have listened to passes before I started, at the time I did not know they existed...
I saw a post about making one contact per pass, well I am guilty. However, I have been listening to my passes and I dont think I am too intrusive, and I get stepped on all the time. My brother say's that I am terribly addicted when I was upset when I could not get in on the maddness when they changed the uplink, pretty funny really. I was all checkin the equipment from top to bottom.
Anyway, I try to call the new guys, because I remember how excited I was, hearing someone calling me. I still enjoy it, wether it be on VHF/UHF or HF. Is not that the reason we do this is to have fun? Sure there are times I get frustrated, cant get in or what not. Maybe that is what this is all about. Should I just not jump in there and free up the bird that much more, I suppose so.
There are plenty of times when the 51 is not all jammed up, maybe the people who are all upset about the Echo Madness should just get up early, I can hear the east coast pass in the morning, not bad at all as far as traffic goes. There are lot's of times I am talking to myself on all the FM Birds.
In the future, on the weekends when it is REALLY busy, are you guys saying I should just step aside and not operate because it is too busy? Get Real, there is always gonna be pile up's on the weekends. That is why these BIG GUNS are big guns, because they want to be heard. You can not tell me they are not running all kinds of power equipment and what have you.
That sucks for us little guys, but oh well I am not crying, thats just the way it is and always will be.
Back to the point, please let me know if you think I need any correcting, I would rather help not hinder. I really enjoy this HOBBY, but I dont know if there is a solution...

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