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Re: proposal for maximizing fm leo contacts

I for one like your suggestion - particularly since my group (Pine Mountain
DX Rangers) plan on gridpeditioning.  Eddie, K4QFF was surprised when he was
/TI8 in EJ79 at the number of rag chewers.  I definitely like the idea of
the pilot station.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bruce Paige <kk5do@AMSAT.Org>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2000 8:19 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] proposal for maximizing fm leo contacts

> after reading this, should you decide to flame someone, flame me, not the
> list. if you have some valid suggestions, i would be happy to listen. i am
> making this suggestion for obvious reasons.
> 73...bruce
> Proposal for maximizing contacts on FM LEO satellites.
> Now that we have enticed many new hams to try the FM LEO satellites,
> we have several of them that are willing and able to go to a grid square
> that others need.
> The rare grids and/or dual/quad grid operations are just that.  Rare.  For
> "Grid Square Hunters" they provide an excellent opportunity to collect a
> few that they need for VUCC or other awards (or just plain old bragging
> rights), and in just a few minutes many contacts can be handed out.
> These type of operations take place only occasionally, and many hams
> would be very appreciative if "rag-chew" stations sat back and gave up
> part of a pass to let the grid hunters complete a few contacts.
> I have suggested to the rover stations in order to maximize their effort,
> they should try to sit on a double (DN12/23) or quadruple grid boundary
> (DN12/22/13/23). This way, one contact with them will equal 2 or 4 grid
> squares. This will be the best an operator can do providing they are not
> sitting in the middle of an interstate highway, in the middle of a state
> or on someone's private property without their approval.
> The next thing that we need to discuss to maximize their impact and
> to make the most contacts is their operating condition. They will mostly
> using either a handheld with an arrow antenna, a handheld with a higher
> gain rubber duck type antenna or a mobile radio with vertical antenna. All
> of these pose unique problems. The most noticeable is the lack of
> downlink signal and fades. There is nothing that can be done to correct
> this without changing either the radio to allow for Doppler correction in
> less than 5Khz steps or the antenna to allow for circular polarization and
> direction ability.
> So, how do we create more contacts with what we have? We have a
> pilot station assist the person in the rare grid. When I say assist, it
> not mean repeating any call signs and helping complete a QSO but rather
> steering the group so that the low power rare grid station has the
> opportunity to acknowledge everyone that would like that grid square.
> Here is how it will work. KB1ZZZ wants to work from a grid square
> during two evening passes of UO-14. He asks KC5AAA to be his pilot.
> When the satellite comes up for KB1ZZZ, KC5AAA calls him to make
> sure he is ready. Then KC5AAA with his home station and the ability to
> get into the satellite lets everyone know that KB1ZZZ is in grid square
> XX11/XX12 and is listening for stations that would like a contact. Please
> give your call sign twice in a row with standard phonetics and not again.
> KB1ZZZ listens for a 30 seconds or so and writes down all the calls that
> are calling him. Then KC5AAA comes back on and says 'stand by, stand
> by, let KB1ZZZ acknowledge the stations he has heard'. KB1ZZZ will
> then give the list he has written down and asks if any need to be
> corrected. If all are okay and no one has said my call is wrong, the pilot
> station will once again ask for anyone that wants a contact to give their
> call two times with standard phonetics in a row.
> The saying of your call twice allows him to make sure he has the call
> the first time. It takes roughly 3 seconds to say your call twice. In 30
> seconds, he will have 10 stations and then acknowledge them. In two
> minutes, he will have about 30 stations worked which should be everyone
> that is on the bird that wants the grid squares.
> The other thing is that if the rare gird station does not have a tape
> recorder, it is difficult to write a call, acknowledge it, write another,
> This way, he doesn't have to hold his mic and talk, he can write calls
> down which will make him more efficient.
> As the FM LEO satellites are used by many to simply say hi to their
> friends and there are many that do not care for collecting grid squares,
> ability to quickly complete the contact will allow everyone the
> to use the satellite for their particular needs. It will be much more
> than having those that want a contact to continue trying to make one when
> the rare grid station keeps getting stepped on. Or someone else with an ht
> that would like to make a contact with the rare grid station but can't get
> through.
> Bruce Paige, KK5DO                      Internet: kk5do@amsat.org
> Houston, Texas                                or: kk5do@houston.rr.com
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