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Re: AO 27 and UO 14 congestion for field day

Good Point, I attempted to make a UO 14 contact last night and was only 
able to hear my downlink on ONE transmission using 50 watts and an 
Arrow.  A better scenario than what I have used MANY times to make contacts 
on the bird.

At 18:43 6/24/01 -0500, Bruce Paige wrote:
>funny.... i tried to make a qso with one of the members of our club but 
>they just
>couldn't get into uo14 (that was the first evening pass). i worked no one 
>on the second evening pass i tried again but they couldn't get in and i 
>made a
>contact with k5oe for my one uo-14 qso. just listened this morning (but i may
>have called our club once to see if they were there). on the first pass of 
>ao27 i
>worked a friend of mine, k5eng (but mike was at the mic) and listened on the
>second pass. on the first uo-14 pass i made a contact with another friend of
>mine, others started calling me. as i figured they were trying to get 
>their one
>satellite qso and were pretty weak, i went back to them. i think there were 3
>of them (didn't even write them down). then i didn't make any others for the
>rest of the pass. as i really didn't want to sit there working back to back
>stations. i felt bad that i had to ignore those that were calling me but i 
>that would be the best thing to do at that point rather than be the only 
>one with
>50 watts on the satellite.
>obviously you were not able to hear all the passes. as i recorded them, there
>were others that were active the entire pass when i was just listening and i
>have never heard them on the satellite before so it was obvious they were
>working the arrl field day and not amsat field day.
>which brings up an interesting point..... i wonder if it would not be 
>better for
>someone with 50 watts to give out qso after qso to those with 5 watts (so 
>would have their satellite contact) and be ineligible to submit an amsat 
>day report, than it would be for all the 5 watt stations to simply qrm each
>other. i wonder where the happy medium is.
>our club did not make their satellite qso with 5 watts and an arrow either. i
>tried on the first pass of the iss. they tried on the others but just 
>couldn't make
>it.  i did not count the iss qso's on my amsat score sheet and have a grand
>total of 7 satellite voice contacts, one on each of the fm birds, three on 
>and two on fo20.
>if my suburban had not been stolen last week (recovered 30 minutes later by
>the police before i even knew about it) and my radios taken, i would have
>used the 50watt mobile at our clubs field day yesterday and we would have
>had our one satellite contact. didn't really occur to me that i could have 
>someone elses radio...duh. you get used to your own equipment and when it
>isn't available you forget about a substitute. as it turned out, they were 
>able to make a satellite contact and that's the way it goes. but they did 
>dish tv from the field day site. one of the members brought out a flat lcd 
>with a dish tv receiver and a pin diode antenna and they watched all night.
>i also made one contact with the iss as did mahana. which do not count
>towards amsat field day.
>Date sent:              Sun, 24 Jun 2001 17:19:07 -0500
>To:                     amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
>From:                   GPersons <kd5day@qsl.net>
>Subject:                [amsat-bb] AO 27 and UO 14 congestion for field day
> > It seems the call sign I heard the most on both of the FM birds was 
> KK5DO! We
> > were trying to get our club its' 100 point bonus for a Battery Operated
> > Satellite Station and I could not even begin to get into the birds!
>Bruce Paige, KK5DO                    Internet: kk5do@arrl.net
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