[amsat-bb] Re: FD Contacts

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Wed Jun 27 18:29:52 PDT 2007

Words of wisdom from a true gentleman of AMSAT. I was going to craft some sort of reply to this tempest in a teapot about Field Day, but Clare's words leave little left to be said.

If anyone is unhappy about the ARRL rule change, I apologize. I was  responsible for requesting it with the contest committee as VP of Operations for AMSAT-NA, and I followed up until it was considered and approved. I thought it to be in the best interest of AMSAT, especially on a day where many are getting their first exposure to satellites. Direct your complaints to me, and not to the ARRL. I am the responsible party.

The real solution to this problem is for EVERY user of satellites to join AMSAT and support P3E and Eagle so we can have wonderfully wide and high transponders to make lots of QSOs on. Had there been an AO-40, AO-13, or AO-10 operational last weekend, all of this chatter about the FM sats would be 10db below the noisefloor.

73, Drew KO4MA

-----Original Message-----
>From: Clare Fowler <lcfowler at magma.ca>
>Sent: Jun 27, 2007 7:25 PM
>To: amsat-bb <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
>Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: FD Contacts
>Yes FD is a contest but that does not mean that consideration,
>fairness, and the goldren rule should be abondonded.
>The point, which is obvious to everyone, is that the single
>QSO per FM channel rule was introduced in order  to try and reduce
>the chaos that occured with hundreds of stations trying to make multiple
>QSO's  with the result that practucally no one made a QSO.
>99 percent of the time ONE QSO means ONE QSO.
>You have got your lolly pop. You dont need, nore can use, 
>five more and even if you are offered one you should 
>decline and let someone else have it.  
>There may be the very odd time when someone calls several
>CQ's and does not get a reply in which case a second QSO 
>my be justified.
>It just takes courtesty and some commen sense.
>If you really want to get into the contest mode get on the linear 
>transponder birds where each QSO counts and  where experience and
>operating skill really shows up. 
>A lot of rule deffinition should not be required.
>EVERYONE knows the intent and should operate
>It may be of interest to note that while in Canada we have band
>plans they are not Govt. regulations. They are completly voluntary
>and I have not heard of a single instance where a Canadian amateur
>has intentionaly not followed them.
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