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Re: Thougths on "The Birds"



It is a fact of life that popular ham activities will become crowded.  We
all face that fact when we chase DX on HF.  I do agree that we all need to
let others complete their contact.  I have heard a lot of people calling
over contacts in progress - I'd like to think it is eagerness to make a
contact, rather than rudeness.  I also suspect many stations are calling
blindly, when they can't hear all that well with poor antennas.  And
finally, the inevitable "CQ satellite" being called when stations are ten
deep on frequency - no doubt the guy with the ground plane who swears the
sats are not active.

73,
Dennis C. Morris
WA4ZJJ

----- Original Message -----
From: H.C. Weaver Jr. <n5sub@pop3.wt.net>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, September 04, 2000 11:12 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Thougths on "The Birds"


> Some thoughts on working th FM mode J birds...
>
> While this is directed to no one in particular, I will address it to all
> amateur radio operators as I am one myself.
>
> It is becoming more and more obvioius to all that the birds are becoming
> extremely crowded.  ie:  nights, weekends, holidays, etc.  As QST, 73
> and we as operators inform others as to the fun and low cost involved in
> working these "big boy toys", it seems we are working ourselves into a
> "Catch 22" situation.  We pursue the ease of operating with HT's and
> portable antennaes, mobile stations, and the like, but, I'm afraid many
> a newcomer has had very little enjoyment out of these fantastic
> repeaters in the sky.  Human nature steers these potential SATHAMS three
> ways:
>
>   1.  Either stay with the current setup and eventually the interest
> will die due to frustration.
>   2.  Upgrade to more expensive equipment.  A number of ways this can be
> accomplished only limited to expenses the wife, family, and Uncle Sam
> and so on will allow.
>   3.  Give up.
>
> I'm sure none of us want to see anyone step to number 3.
>
> So, with my flame suit on, I propose the following suggestions.  (And
> these are my own.)
>
>   1.  Limit ourselves to 3 - 4 contacts per pass.  With the growing
> number of operators on at once and all trying for as many QSO's/Grid
> Squares as possible, we end up saturating the uplink/downlink to the
> point that nothing is legible.  We all like to confirm a contact/grid
> square when made but before the contact can be confirmed to each
> operator, several other contacts are in progress.  Therefore, several
> calls are attempted from both stations again which may or may not
> confirm contact.  So that brings me to thought #2.
>   2.  Etequite/Patience:  If one hears a call in progress, please be
> patient enough  to allow contact between the two parties to be
> completed.  ie:  gird/call, before transmitting.  We all desire that
> rare grid which is so cherished.  And, most likely it will come from a
> mobile or HT station.  So, lets give 'em a chance.If we can't hear em we
> can't work em.
>
> As more FM birds as well as P3D are on the horizon, I think it is time
> we all take a look at our operating practice and instill some ethics
> that we may all benefit from not only now but also in the future.  I'm
> sure we don't want a CH 19 FM repeater to play with.
>
> I personally operate at this time 99% van mobile and 1% portable/arrow.
> I have enjoyed over 100 contacts on the FM birds myself, many of them
> from different states, counties and grids.  Using an arrow and an HT on
> a 50' houseboat in DL99 was a blast to say the least.
>
> Thanks for taking the time to read this post.It is by no means directed
> or intended to insult anyone.It is just a suggestion. Neither do I wish
> to whine so please no cheese!hihi
>
> 73
> n5sub
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