ke4al at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 15 22:44:31 UTC 2019
Weekend FM passes are always fun, made more challenging today by two rovers being on the pass from rare grids. It often reminds me of trying to work a pileup for a dxpedition, with everyone trying to make sure they get what they want.
Patience is the key and learning to work around the interference. You can either wait until those stations are out of footprint or try to work passes with lower elevation. Being from FN20, you have the unique opportunity to work passes over the Atlantic and across what we call the "Polar Bear Club," where the footprint is mainly over Norther Canada. You will find those passes more civil.
Weekday passes can also be a lot calmer, but not always. If a rover is out in a rare grid, a weekday FM pass can be just as busy.
If you are just using a Yaesu VX7, you will be operating half duplex, meaning you cannot hear transmission on your HT's receiver. This makes it a little more complicated, because you are not sure how well you are getting into the satellite. Adding a second HT as your receiver is an easy and cheapest fix.
Best of luck and hope to catch you on the birds.
Robert Bankston, KE4ALAMSAT-NA VP of User Services
Twitter: @KE4ALabamaWebsite: KE4AL.wordpress.com
On Saturday, June 15, 2019, 12:00:05 PM CDT, Joe Puma via AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:
Nice pass today over FN20, I was outside in the backyard with the Arrow II and my XV-7R. If you heard my call through the pack of wolfs that hog their way through during the whole pass let me know. Talking on these birds is worst then trying to get to the front line of the food truck at the county fair. Sheesh. Btw, I’m a city boy but felt the county fair reference is relatable to most hams in the US, hi hi.
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