[amsat-bb] FM Satellites: Good Operating Practices for Beginning and Experienced Operators

Tucker McGuire tucker at mcguireland.com
Mon Dec 11 22:20:54 UTC 2017

Actually, grid squares are not "fancy". They're quite simple really. They
are just 1° latitude x 2° longitude boundaries.

Cheers & 73,

On Dec 11, 2017 4:49 PM, "Zach Metzinger" <zmetzing at pobox.com> wrote:

On 12/11/17 14:55, Paul Stoetzer wrote:
> Sean Kutzko, KX9X, has written a helpful document explaining good
> operating practices for working FM satellites. It's been posted to the
> AMSAT website at
> https://www.amsat.org/fm-satellites-good-operating-

While I think that _most_ of these guidelines are good, I disagree with #6.

6. Rare/Portable Stations Take Priority

This prioritizes the chase-a-grid-square game players, which not
everyone cares about.

If you want to play that game, go use a linear bird with more available
bandwidth. The easy sats should be reserved for new satellite operators,
which, buy definition, will be less experienced and not care much about
your fancy grid squares.


--- Zach

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