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Re: AO-40 QSO Party



Frank,  I want to second your second recommendation - that cw ops go below
the beacon.  It would make a lot of sense.  I've been trying to call there
first each time I get on.  My cw procedure is to only use enough up link
power for a readable signal ususally quite a bit less than "under the
beacon".

I read the qso party announcement to be only ssb but hopefully some can get
on for their own on cw.  We have house guests in paradise (non-ham) so my
time will be limited.

Mal, NP2L
----- Original Message -----
From: Frank A Cahoy <k0blt@juno.com>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2003 12:32 PM
Subject: Fw: [amsat-bb] AO-40 QSO Party


> Greetings,
>
> Bravo to the suggestions below.  I have a question about procedure.  I
> fully realize that this is entirely informal but that AMSAT has extended
> its blessing thereto.  As such, is there any formal or informal, for that
> matter, way of making QSO exchange information so that the contact can be
> considered "legal"?  Since the intended nature of the whole affair is to
> try and create additional AO-40 activity, am I correct in assuming there
> are no "points or scores" to see who is the top satellite operator?
> Since signal reports are "relative" when making a satellite QSO it might
> be better to exchange grid locators and names.  If there have already
> been "rules" posted I've missed reading them.
>
> I do have one further "suggestion" I'd like to offer.  I'm an avid CW
> operator and there is, in my opinion, not nearly enough CW activity on
> AO-40.  Perhaps we CW addicts can operate BELOW the MB and not create
> "QRM" for those who will be operating fone above the MB.  All of the
> above is simply my 2 cents worth.
>
> The whole purpose is to "create" a fun atmospher on the bird and I hope
> that those who choose to participate make it just that.  I fully intend
> to do so and if, by some stroke of luck, a new one for my satellite DXCC
> shows up I'll consider that frosting on the cake!!
>
> 73 to all.  Frank, K0BLT
>
>
> Considering that the AO-40 QSO Party is coming up this weekend, 24-27 Jan
> UTC, I'm wondering what ideas people might have to make the event
> successful
> and minimize disruption to those who are on the satellite but not
> participating in the QSO party.  I'll start with three suggestions.
>
> 1.  Make sure your signal is 10db below the level of the MB. I leave one
> VFO
> tuned to the MB and it is easy to compare my level to the MB with just
> two
> button pushes.
>
> 2.  Pick a spot in the passband away from the usual active area just
> above
> the MB.  I suggest either MB+75 kHz and above or MB-25KHz and below.
> Remember the passband is 250 kHz wide and extends from 2401.225 to
> 2041.475.
>
> 3.  Try to keep an "operating event" or "party" attitude.  It will only
> take
> a few aggressive big guns to make people decide that these type of events
> should never again be held on satellites.
>
> 73,
> Lee-KU4OS
>
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