[amsat-bb] FO-29 and being a good transponder op

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Thu Sep 11 23:30:20 UTC 2014

Great point, Drew.

The middle has been quite clogged the last few nights while zero activity
is heard below 840 or above 870.


Paul, N8HM

On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 7:20 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner <
glasbrenner at mindspring.com> wrote:

> Lots of activity has been happening on FO-29 in the evenings lately. The
> pass times are favorable, and there are rovers out and about.
> This evening, there were at least three mobile, portable, or omni antenna
> stations all piled up in the very center of the passband calling CQ on top
> of each other. None were hearing the others it seems, or willing to move.
> It
> was an ugly, embarrassing mess, completely unnecessary.
> Folks, FO-29 has a passband that is 100 kHz wide. There is no reason to all
> pile up in the dead center and QRM each other. Spread out a little bit,
> ESPECIALLY if your operational plan is to call CQ with omni antennas or
> half-duplex and tune around for replies. You'll make more contacts and have
> less QRM in the long run.
> The long standing convention on linear transponder satellites has been
> lower
> third CW, middle mixed CW and SSB, and upper third SSB. Let's try to use
> this resource in a more responsible and cooperative manner.
> 73, Drew KO4MA
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