[amsat-bb] FO-29 and being a good transponder op
n8hm at arrl.net
Thu Sep 11 23:55:24 UTC 2014
Another thought - if you're operating a special event or in a rare grid,
announce your frequencies on this board and pick one well out of the way of
the center. If people want/need to work you, they'll spin the dial! This
also helps those who may have short windows to your location on a
On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm at arrl.net> wrote:
> Great point, Drew.
> The middle has been quite clogged the last few nights while zero activity
> is heard below 840 or above 870.
> Paul, N8HM
> On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 7:20 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner <
> glasbrenner at mindspring.com> wrote:
>> Lots of activity has been happening on FO-29 in the evenings lately. The
>> pass times are favorable, and there are rovers out and about.
>> This evening, there were at least three mobile, portable, or omni antenna
>> stations all piled up in the very center of the passband calling CQ on top
>> of each other. None were hearing the others it seems, or willing to move.
>> was an ugly, embarrassing mess, completely unnecessary.
>> Folks, FO-29 has a passband that is 100 kHz wide. There is no reason to
>> pile up in the dead center and QRM each other. Spread out a little bit,
>> ESPECIALLY if your operational plan is to call CQ with omni antennas or
>> half-duplex and tune around for replies. You'll make more contacts and
>> less QRM in the long run.
>> The long standing convention on linear transponder satellites has been
>> third CW, middle mixed CW and SSB, and upper third SSB. Let's try to use
>> this resource in a more responsible and cooperative manner.
>> 73, Drew KO4MA
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