[amsat-bb] Re: Ragchewing AO-51

Bob- W7LRD w7lrd at comcast.net
Wed Dec 1 16:55:40 PST 2010

Modes L and or S on AO51 enable us to do the same thing.  Just a few of us left over AO-40 (sobsob) ops. 

73 Bob W7LRD 
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Papay" <john at papays.com> 
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Sent: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 10:20:02 AM 
Subject: [amsat-bb]  Ragchewing AO-51 

The recent time change from daylight savings to 
standard time, coupled with the shifting of AO-51 
passes over North America to much earlier morning times, 
makes it possible to actually have a QSO on AO-51 
that lasts longer than a few seconds. 

All three morning AO-51 passes had only a few stations 
calling in today.  It is possible to have a 10 minute 
qso or roundtable that is normally only appropriate on 
a linear bird.  Most of the morning AO-51 passes for the 
last few days have been just noise.  I look at the recordings 
and not seeing much voice audio, I don't put them on the 
website.  This morning's passes are on the website and you 
can tell it's very early.  Even KJ4CBC, who is a morning regular, 
seemed a bit drousy. 

Of course, morning is really the middle of the night for most 
of us.  The passes today were at 0950z, 1129z and 1311z.  There 
was an Atlantic pass at 0814z where there were no stations heard. 

Daytime passes, of course, are a different story with 20 plus 
stations trying to make contacts.  But you can take advantage of 
those early morning passes and have some good conversation on FM. 
Activity could pick up to the point where longer qso's are not 
appropriate, but considering these early pass times, that shouldn't 
be a problem anytime soon.  Set your alarm and the coffee pot timer. 
Let's use AO-51 while we still have her. 

John K8YSE 

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