[amsat-bb] Those were the days

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Thu Feb 12 13:42:35 UTC 2015


It would be great to see more DX activity on the satellites.

DXCC and WAC is certainly possible from the East Coast and Midwest, but you
can sit through passes with 40+ DXCCs in the footprint and not hear a peep
from any of them!

The question is - how do we get more people on from more places?


Paul, N8HM

On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 8:28 AM, <RSoifer1 at aol.com> wrote:

> Bob,
> Yes, the AO-10/AO-13/AO-40 days "were the days" for DX.  But so were the
> 1970s and pre-AO-10 1980s, when a lot of us were working DX on AO-6, AO-7,
> FO-12 and the RS birds.  It was more challenging than HEO operating, but
> it was a lot of fun, and about a dozen of us made WAC and DXCC, all-LEO.
> There was some SSB, but most LEO DXing was on CW.  We used all satellite
> modes, of course, but more DX was worked on Mode A than B or J.  Mode A
> had a
> slightly better downlink range than B or J, if you had a good 10m beam and
> a
> low-noise QTH.  For a discussion of that, see my QST article on the AO-5
> propagation test results.
> The good news is that AO-7 and FO-29 (successor to FO-12) are still with
> us, so we can still do it.  Let the good times roll!
> 73 Ray W2RS
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