[amsat-bb] FO-29 and being a good transponder op
kq6ea at verizon.net
Fri Sep 12 01:09:48 UTC 2014
It was the same on Field day.
I was consistently by myself in the upper third of the transponder, and
had to drop downto make QSO's.
73, Jim KQ6EA (K6AA FD Op)
On 09/11/2014 11:20 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner 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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