[amsat-bb] Band designators, Modes

skristof at etczone.com skristof at etczone.com
Wed Jul 6 19:14:47 UTC 2016

Asking a question is not arguing. 

Your two paragraphs below contain no rational arguments for keeping the
letter based system. 

Your argument is "We've always done it that way", so learn them and move
on. Sorry, that doesn't cut it. 

If you're going to use letters, can't there at least be a rational
organizational scheme to the lettering system? 

The current system looks like somebody just drew letters of a hat, then
threw darts at a board of frequencies to see what the letter should

The number based system would not be that hard. You decide on wavelength
or frequency and go from there. 

If I'm going to operate on SO-50, I'm going 2 m up/70 cm down. Most
hams, whether they operate satellites are not, are likely to know what
that means. I don't have to memorize or look up mode F or whatever the
heck it is. 

Steve AI9IN

On 2016-07-06 15:02, Paul Stoetzer wrote:

> It's a lot more characters to type  - and especially to speak.
> I'm not even sure why we are arguing about this. It takes
> approximately 20 seconds to memorize a table of both the old and new
> designations and the frequencies they represent. Just learn them and
> move on.
> There are a lot more complicated things that people have to learn to
> be knowledgeable amateur radio and amateur satellite operators. A few
> letters to represent frequencies isn't a big deal.
> 73,
> Paul, N8HM
> On Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 2:52 PM,  <skristof at etczone.com> wrote: What is the problem with just using the numbers? Why is using letters
> better?
> (Not being snippy here, maybe there is a good reason. If so, please
> explain.)
> Steve AI9IN
> p.s. "We've always done it that way" is not really a good reason in and
> of itself.
> On 2016-07-06 14:31, Peter Laws wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 12:52 PM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm at arrl.net> wrote:
> Several parts of the website (such as the frequency guide) also use a
> less known custom with the second letter in lower case (to indicate
> that the second letter is 'down').
> Eventually I would hope we would move away from "five and dime" or
> "nickel and dime" to using C/X in reference to 5 GHz uplinks and 10
> GHz downlinks. 
> Then let's start.
> The actual designation has to be agreed upon first, though.  Slash/no
> slash?  Case/no case?  Pick one, stick with it.  What was the original
> decision anyway?
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