[amsat-bb] Re: FO 29 help

Tony Langdon vk3jed at gmail.com
Sat Apr 23 14:44:47 PDT 2011

At 06:37 AM 4/24/2011, Kevin Deane wrote:

>  Or he could just use FM since hardly anyone uses the SSB birds 
> compared to the other sats.
>Although I am sure there are a million reasons not to use FM. even 
>though it works just fine on the SSB birds. The feedback I got from 
>the FO-29 Control Team was that SSB was pretty much "the rule" or 
>"band plan" if you will.

FM works, but it is STRONGLY discouraged for 2 reasons:

1.  It uses more of the transponder's bandwidth (meaning less users 
on the bird)

2.  It uses more transponder power, which is a serious consideration, 
given that many of our birds are getting old and the batteries are 
getting weak.

73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL

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