[amsat-bb] Re: Satellite choices on Field Day

N0JY n0jy at lavabit.com
Fri Jun 22 07:52:54 PDT 2012

Hi All,

I am planning a similar operation with the Tri-County ARC (WC5C). There 
are a few of us who get on satellite and we are going to bring out all 
manner of antennas from Arrows to Lindenblads to small yagis to big 
yagis, and while having a "reliable" station with the bigger antennas 
and FT-736R we plan to let anyone and everyone try their radio be it an 
HT or an all band rig with the antennas we have or whatever they bring, 
to experience listening to any maybe making contact (no promises) 
through any of the satellites.  An opportunity to see what can be done 
with various levels of equipment/investment/skill and learn about how 
the different satellites/antennas work in various conditions.  A free 
for all but backed up with some more "reliable" Q for those who want to 
sit down and try the linear birds as well as making some FD points.  It 
should be crazy!  But I hope to give lots of people the opportunity to 
play rather than in the past, where many would just watch quietly as we 
operated and ask questions now and then. Many are shy, but given 
encouragement and a challenge I think they might like to see what they 
can learn and accomplish hands-on.


On 6/22/2012 6:31 AM, Philip Jenkins wrote:
> Thanks, Mark. I've already made it clear to the other club members NOT to
> expect a successful sat QSO.
> I'm going to make sure that my audience knows that too. One hands-on
> activity that I came up with (and I was already contemplating letting
> someone else use the Arrow, maybe a repeat visitor who has already seen my
> song and dance) - I have printed some copies of the grid-square map, and
> I'm hoping the children especially mark their map during the passes as they
> hear the grid-squares. I was astounded by how many grids I heard on just
> ONE AO-27 pass on Wednesday!
> There are very few hams in the area where we're doing FD, which is one
> reason why we chose that location, to stir up interest.
> Philip N4HF
> On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 6:50 AM, Mark L. Hammond <marklhammond at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hi Philip,
>> Happy to hear you are getting active again!  Great.
>> One small precaution, based on personal experience during Field Day---be
>> careful about creating expectations that can't be delivered...in other
>> words, using the handheld system to listen to an FM bird is pretty easy,
>> but on Field Day, it might be impossible to get a signal into the bird for
>> a real contact.
>> When I've done demos on Field Day, I warn my observers that it's going to
>> be quite busy, and while we certainly will hear the bird, it's unlikely
>> with 5 watts that I'll make a contact *today*.  But letting them hear the
>> busy bird gets them interested, and has led to invitations to give a
>> presentation/demo at a local club meeting---which CAN more easily lead to
>> making some contacts (especially if you announce the event here on the BBS.
>>   People will look for you specifically, in order to make your event
>> successful).
>> If you're going to have both the TS-2000x and the little radio, you could
>> have somebody else waving it around to listen, while you operate the
>> transmitter.  It's fun to have audience participation!
>> Not sure I'll be on the air on Field Day, due to work---but best wishes
>> for a great day.
>> Mark N8MH

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