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Fw: Stop Your Whining Already! Re: Satellite FIeld Day!



I share KK5YY's sentiments - several groups - 2 in particular, including a
group using the call of an AMSAT officer - assembled mega-stations for Field
Day with hundreds of watts and huge antennas. They then dominated UO-14 and
AO-27 every pass, preventing many groups (including mine) from making any
contacts.  I thought the intent of the satellite bonus was to encourage
satellite exposure, not to pile up points.

Until the rules are changed, my group is planning a mega-station for next
year - guess we'll just add to the problem.

I would suggest to ARRL changing the rules - perhaps a power limit and only
one contact on each FM bird for points.

73,
Dennis C. Morris
WA4ZJJ
----- Original Message -----
From: Gerald Schmitt <kk5yy@arrl.net>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2000 9:53 PM
Subject: Re: Stop Your Whining Already! Re: [amsat-bb] Satellite FIeld Day!


>
> A simpler proposal for LEO FM satellites 5 watts 3 elements
> no discussion. Major satellite stations are usually fixed which
> is not the point on Field Day. The point is; Vince and John,
> to use inprovised communications in a "Field" location to
> demonstrate emergency readiness. Perhaps that's why
> class "D" stations cannot contact each other
>
> I have access to 1500+ watts and if I ask real nice perhaps a
> 50 meter dish, shall I use that and dominate the FM birds.
>
> I heard several stations who should definitely know better
> dominating both J-FM birds with a large excess of power.
>
> Part of the point of Field Day is to acquaint new hams and not
> yet hams with operating and the fraternity of amateur radio.
> One high power station dominating these birds is the moral
> equivalent of jamming during contests nice example guys.
>
> Last but not least when you use several hundred watts into
> a 20 element beam to a satellite that can be worked with less
> than half a watt is that using just the power needed to make the
> contact? Everybody else is doing it is not the correct answer,
> everybody else ought to know and do better.
>
> I feel better now.
>
>
> On Tue, 27 Jun 2000 18:14:29 EDT, you wrote:
>
> >In a message dated 06/26/2000 9:18:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> >vlfiscus@mcn.net writes:
> >
> ><<     If you really want to make satellite contacts, then you need to
set up
> > an Oscar station. It's as simple that. So stop Whining that you couldn't
> > make any contacts. >>
> >
> >IMHO the rules should be changed....
> >
> >The first day of Field Day should allow 50 Pts for each initial contact
on a
> >different satellite...every contact after that on an already worked sat
> >should be MINUS 5 Pts.
> >
> >After Midnight you could cut everyone loose and have the "enjoyable" DX
> >pileup....
> >
> >Might solve some of the problems...
> >
> >IMHO (Yea Right...when did I Ever have a HO?)
> >
> >Best
> >
> >Roger
> >WA1KAT
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