[amsat-bb] Dupe contacts on SO-50
k8bl at ameritech.net
Mon Apr 17 18:08:31 UTC 2017
First, you are far from being a curmudgeon! You'll have to put
in many years of crankiness before you can claim that title.
You raise a point that has persisted for quite a while regarding
FM Satellites. Experienced operators usually follow the proper
protocol/etiquette on the single-channel resource. They rarely
chit-chat unless the bird is idle. As with anything else, newbies
are learning the ropes.
The FM SATs, as we all know, are where the new folks start out
because they are easy due to readily available equipment. These
operators are trying to figure everything out at once - the frequencies,
the antennas, the PL, the AOS/LOS/AZ/EL, the protocol, etc., etc.
Until they figure all of these things out, the rest of the users are
going to have to endure problems of various kinds. It's the utter
reality of the situation. However, they are the "new blood" that
we need to keep this aspect of the hobby growing.
And, believe it or not, not all SAT Ops are Grid Chasers. Some only
care about the thrill of pointing a signal up toward the sky and
saying hello to someone via something flying through Space. We have
no choice but to co-exist in this environment. It is what it is.
A good primer for new operators can be found on John K8YSE's website
All we can do is be good examples for the new/other users. When someone
is operating from a rare Grid and we already have it confirmed, stay clear. If the
pileup dies down and no one is calling, it's perfectly fine to say a quick hello
to let them know they are being heard. During routine passes, if you hear a new
Call, it's nice to give them a shout so they get the operating experience.
73 & GL 2 All, Bob K8BL
> On Apr 16, 2017, at 6:58 PM, Tucker McGuire <tucker at mcguireland.com> wrote:
> Hello space bird enthusiasts,
> I have noticed that certain stations on busy SO-50 passes work the same
> stations that they have worked on many previous passes when they are in the
> same grid. Dupe contacts.
> This can prevent and has prevented other stations from trying to work new
> grids that happen to be on or perhaps prevented them from working a new guy
> that hasn't been on the satellites before. On quiet passes I see no issues
> with working the same station you've worked hundreds of times before but on
> busy SO-50 passes it is just disruptive.
> Maybe I'm just a curmudgeon but that's my two cents.
> Cheers & 73,
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