[amsat-bb] Re: European alligator on SO-50 (F2IL)

Tony Langdon vk3jed at gmail.com
Wed May 30 14:14:28 PDT 2012

At 02:21 AM 5/31/2012, Eric Knaps, ON4HF wrote:
>Today I wanted to use my arrow and portable to make a qso on SO-50. 
>M6DNU (also portable) called me but it took 5 minutes to complete that contact.
>F2IL was constantly calling cq on top of us. Do these guys even 
>listen to the downlink??
>Give portable stations also a change please! We only have 2 watts of rf power.
>Where is the "ham spirit" these days?

I'd say he couldn't hear his own downlink.  That's certainly a common 
problem.  The best way to deal with these people is if you're within 
simplex range, call them up on the downlink frequency after the pass 
and give them a few pointers.  I've got a couple of people 
successfully working satellites that way.  Education works wonders. :)

And since you know his callsign, the other way of achieving the same 
is to send him an email with some friendly tips.

73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL

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