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Re: Dx on AO-10

Date sent:      	Sat, 05 Jun 1999 19:51:25 +0100
From:           	Francisco Costa <nop06152@mail.telepac.pt>
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To:             	amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject:        	[amsat-bb] Dx on AO-10

> Hi
> Today I experienced a thing for the first time: a pile-up on AO-10!
> In oposite of the majority, I only started on Mode A/B/J birds after
> the "death" of AO-13, so I'm a "newbie" in this field.


> It was amazing, but at same time disapointing. It wasn't much 
> different from 20m...

this is really funny....
there can't be more than maybe 20 or 30 people on the satellite trying to 
work this guy. everyone piles on and no one gets heard. if everyone just sat 
back and let one or two people work him, within 10 minutes, everyone would 
have their chance and be done. the pile up only causes the amount of time 
required for all stations to work him to increase by two and three fold. 

i remember working a rare dx many years ago on ao-13. same thing....big 
pile up. i sat back, listened to the frenzy. about 10 minutes later, the guy 
was calling cq and there was no one to work him. i got on and worked him 
and had a nice qso. i got him to switch to cw and made a cw qso as well.

wonder why everyone thinks that on a rare dx station, if they aren't first, they 
aren't going to get it at all. (baring equipment failure or if he says he has 5 
minutes left until he qrt's).


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