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Satellite QRM in West-Pac

QRM on the Amateur Satellite Bands from non-licensed users...

Here is a report I just got from the phillipines.  I thought you might
like to see the part about the total anacrchy on the use of the
spectrum...  They are probably using HAM radios, because they are
so cheap...

 de WB4APR@amsat.org, Bob

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 13:56:48 +0800
From: Pat Snyder
To: Bob Bruninga <bruninga@usna.edu>
Subject: PCSat reception reports

[Bagabag Phillipines]

The station here is not so advanced as to have an automatic gateway.  It is
an ICOM IC-910H with an old MFJ-1270B attached.  I am logging the passes on
a '486 laptop using HyperTerminal. My antenna is an ICOM DiskCone at about
15 feet.

As an aside -- The use of VHF frequencies over here is very different than
in the US or Europe.  It is pretty much "anything goes - anywhere".  There
is an amateur service with its allocation (144 to 146) but in reality if
someone has a radio (and many do), they can transmit anywhere they want -
from 130 to 175 Mhz.  In fact there are some folks camped out on 145.825.
Fortunetly they are not too active so it hasn't been much of a problem
monitoring PCSat.  Perhaps some of my beacons to the bird will encourage
them to find another frequency.


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