[amsat-bb] Thoughts on ISS packet switch back to 145.825 MHz (long)

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sun Apr 16 02:35:12 UTC 2017

Hi Stefan!

I also look online after the passes, hoping to see gateways picking up
the activity. Looks like some of the gateways either need to be turned
on again, or switched back to 145.825 MHz.

Seems like there are a lot of stations using UISS, which makes the
use of APRS messages an easy thing. Several of the calls I saw on
the radio today were the same calls that never responded to APRS
messages in the past. More often than not, if the station is using
an HT, or maybe a mobile radio (as identified on the screen when I
see details on that station on my screen), those are the stations
I have the best chance at making a QSO.

Maybe some of these stations won't stay on 145.825 MHz, after the
novelty of the ISS digipeater coming back to 2m wears off. If there are
operators at those keyboards, hopefully they will answer the APRS
messages they receive from me and others, and try to contact stations
they see/hear on these passes.

Hopefully we can make a QSO over the ISS digipeater on 2m soon! 73!

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On Sun, Apr 16, 2017 at 1:43 AM, Stefan Wagener <wageners at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Patrick,
> Thanks for your post and feedback. It is much appreciated.
>  I am too looking once in a while for an ISS contact. On the other hand, I
> have realized that many stations are actually on the keyboard and they
> answer, but I don't decode it on my system and they might not either. I see
> it later on the web. In addition, folks are not that quick in response also
> and trying to type an answer and get a packet out especially on a less
> elaborate station is not always easy. Yes, I am using UISS with
> pre-recorded answers and a quick mouse click but I still need a few tries
> to sometimes see or hear my own packet repeated. So, bottom line for me, be
> happy for the few contacts and help others along :-)

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