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RE: Ok, so what's available in Mode A

On Mon, 11 Jan 1999, Michael P. Olbrisch wrote:

> While not making it my life's ambition, I have tried several times to get on AO-27.  Just couldn't make it.  Nothing but wall-to-wall hello-hi-good days-greetings-how you doings and not even a short break.  I'm not being harsh, just factual from my experience.  If you want to be heard on AO-27 with any kind of reliability, you will need to have the power/antenna to get it.  Anything else just isn't heard.  Maybe the week day passes are easier, but since I have a job I wouldn't know.

Mike you don't really need that much power, I do it every weekday with 
just a FT50 and a whip, although I'm not a 'big gun' I do make contacts. 
For me it's a thrill just to make one contact a day on AO-27 with such a 
QRP station. Just to be able to work a satellite with a HT is an awesome 
experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything, of course I'm one of 
those people who loves trying to fill up a grid square map, so even if 
the contact is brief it's still a thrill. Have fun!

73 Jeff W4JEF

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