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Re: Satellite FIeld Day!

a friend said he saw in cq magazine that they were recommending that for 
operating the satellite on fd you need 100 watts. i think that is part of the 
problem. people making statements like this and then those competing for 
the amsat field day where you can work stations on all the birds, makes 
them very busy. 

i stopped working the satellites on field day. i make one contact for the club 
to get their 100 points and then i make a couple when i get home for me. 

i wanted to see on the last pass  of ao-27 just before field day was over how 
much power these guys were running. i could not be heard with 50 watts. so 
i turned on the linear and slowly raised the power. not even 150 watts would 
break through. so i am not surprised that those trying for their only contact 
would not make it with simple radio equipment. 

in fact....30 minutes before field day started, there was a pass of uo-14. i 
took my ht and pryme al-800 antenna and was demonstrating the satellite to 
everyone that was there. those that had ht's were trying to listen on their 
rubber ducks. it was amazing how much the little bit of gain that antenna had 
compared to their stock radio antennas. i also made a handful of contacts. of 
course, would never think of trying my ht and 2 watts during fd competition.


Bruce Paige, KK5DO                      Internet: kk5do@amsat.org
Houston, Texas                                or: kk5do@houston.rr.com
AMSAT Area Coordinator                      
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