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Re: AO-27/UO-14



I get rather amused when I hear stations calling "QRP" or "portable" or
"Handi-Talkie".  I run a 5 watt HT with an Arrow antenna, make lots of
contacts on UO-14 and AO-27, and have even been accused of running high
power!  The antenna is the key, not the power level.

73,
Dennis
WA4ZJJ
----- Original Message -----
From: Brian P. Mileshosky <n5zgt@swcp.com>
To: J.Daugherty <kl0bx@midsouth.rr.com>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 6:42 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO-27/UO-14


> > also I have noticed people on the passes running LOTS
> > of power even though they don't need it.
> > and some people rag chewing like a repeater.
>
>     Many people do.  There are some of us who use dual-band HTs, Arrow
> antennas and very little power (from milliwatts to just a few watts).  And
> those with the HTs do just as fine as those with the excessive power.  In
my
> opinion, it is hard to have a satellite in orbit that is only able to
> operate on a certain freq (like AO-27 and UO-14) and have smooth
> communications consistently.  There are times when you have someone who is
> running a ton of power and treating it like a repeater to chew the rag
while
> someone else is just trying to make a quick QSO to grab a rare grid before
> they are out of the footprint. Lots of people, lots of opinions on the
> "right" way to work a satellite that is basically line-of-sight and only
one
> small range of freqs! :-)
>
>     Personally, I find it funny when I hear "...got my N-element beam
> pointed right at her with 75 watts from my satellite radio!" You just kind
> of think to yourself, "Well, I have my Arrow antenna pointed at it and
have
> worked N-people full-quiet with only 1.5 watts....big deal, guy."
>
>     The fun of operating satellites...
>
> 73,
> Brian, N5ZGT
> Albuquerque, New Mexico
>
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