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RE: RE:My 'First AO40 FD ' question



The D & E class stations are home stations, operating from commercial or
emergency power, per the ARRL Field Day rules. Field Day has its roots in an
emergency field operations test, and has migrated into the best public
relations event held annually that demonstrates the public service
capabilities of amateur radio operators. To best exhibit our emergency and
portable capabilities, I don't think it does the amateur community justice
to roll out the biggest in pre-amps, amps, dishes, and yagis to demonstrate
to the public , as well as up-and-coming satellite operators, that you need
to have $K-bucks to work the birds. The birds have very limited time and
bandwidth as compared to the HF bands . And yes bonus points would be
sacrificed by voluntarily excluding D & E class stations, but it should give
those out there with lesser portable equipment a chance to make a few
contacts without being completely frustrated...while the public and
prospective amateurs are watching.

Best regards and GL on FD,
Greg
N4EN

-----Original Message-----
From: Emily Clarke [mailto:emily@emilyshouse.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 9:36 PM
To: Bowman, Greg
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] RE:My 'First AO40 FD ' question


I'm sure I should know this, but what are class D & E stations and why 
would they want to stop using satellites on Field Day?

- w0eec (emily)


At 08:16 PM 5/22/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>Would it be too much to ask if class D & E stations did not participate on
>the birds for field day?
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: kgschaffrath@beckman.com [mailto:kgschaffrath@beckman.com]
>Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 8:22 AM
>To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
>Subject: [amsat-bb] RE:My 'First AO40 FD ' question
>
>
>Greg,
>Field Day is very really a challenge on satellites. Last Field day i
managed
>to
>work
>36 contacts in under 90 minutes Using 50w and 11 elements on a camera
>tripod.
>Right now your thinking 'WoW Cool"  But here is the rest of the story.
>When the contest first started the Agc was pushed so high on the bird that
>i couldnt even copy my CW carrier.  The downlink was a 39" dish with .6db
>NF.
>So i thought about it for a bit , looked at the whole pass and how long the
>contest
>lasted and came to the conclusion that most the guys doing 'real field day'
>as
>opposed to pretending to do field day from their shacks at home would be
>running a lot less power. So i waited till about 2:30 am and tried again.
>By then all the pretend guys had went to bed and making contacts was easy.
>
>GL on field day,
>
>Keith N6ORS
>
>
>
>
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