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Re: SUCESS!



AMEN!  Well said Jon.  Just think how many contacts could be made if
everyone gave an inch!  Probably 10 times as many as a normal UO-14 pass.

Mike
KE4AZN
>
> No, I doubt it.  They have probably fallen into the myth propagated by
many
> in the satellite community that working the FM birds is as easy as working
> your local repeater.  So they think that they should be able to hear the
> birds fine with a rubber duck.  I doubt they are using an Arrow antenna
let
> alone even know what one is!  These are the people that think they know
how
> to do everything themselves.  I agree, if you can't hear the birds with an
> Arrow, your RX is junk.  But I doubt that's the problem.  People just
don't
> know how to operate the birds, they don't know how to listen or where to
> listen, all they know to do is talk, talk, talk.  Our FM repeater culture
> has produced this.  Make it seem "easy" for them to get on the birds and
we
> have duplicatd that culture in space, except it doesn't work.  You don't
> need full duplex to listen on one frequency and transmit on another.  And
if
> you follow what people say to do you won't have a problem:
>
> 1.) CALL a specific station and don't just throw your call out there.
> 2.) If you don't hear the station come back, don't just keep calling and
> calling.  Give it 15 to 30 seconds or so and try again.  Let another few
> people make a QSO then try again.  If you get in an he hears you, he'll
call
> you.
> 3.) Be patient and stop wanting instant gratification.  I know, in our
> society that's difficult.  And it's especially true because with limited
> time during a pass, you want to work as many grids as possible.  So you
call
> and call and call and call meanwhile hosing the system up for everyone
else.
> Just be patient.  It could be that the guy you called heard you, but
someone
> stepped on him when he went to call you back.
> 4.) If you can't hear the bird, DO NOT TRANSMIT.  There is plenty of
traffic
> on the FM birds so if you can't hear any traffic during a pass, something
is
> VERY wrong with your setup.
> 5.) Listen, listen, listen
>
> 73,
>
> Jon
> NA9D
>
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