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LEO OPs (Long)

I'll probably stir up the nest here but maybe we all need to look at our
>own behavior when using the LEO birds.  One big problem is the unknowing
>or inconsiderate behavior of some operators when using LEO.  It reminds
>me of trying to work DX during a grayline band opening on the lowbands;
>there's a limited window of opportunity and everyone needs the DX
>station and unless everyone exhibits good behavior, no one gets the QSO.
> (Maybe some of the LEO ops are not experienced HF/DX pileup/contest
>operators and therefore do not know how to do it?)  An experienced
>contest operator can do 200 QSOs in a hour, so we should be able to pull
>off 50 QSOs in a 15 minute LEO window; many passes we're lucky if we get
>a quarter of that completed.  Allow me to list out some of the behavior
>which just takes up valuable bandwidth or time away from someone
>completing a LEO QSO.  (Look at yourself and see if you need to
>reconsider your own behavior.)
>A.    Plain ol' Pileup    If everyone calls at the same time (or wants
>to go to the same beach at the same time), no one gets through.  We
>can't tune a little higher or lower around the pileup so the only way we
>can do it is to line up, be patient, and not QRM (yes QRM) each other by
>trying to call on top of each other.  The LEO just gets overloaded and
>no one gets through.  Wait for the first QSO ops to complete their
>transmission and then start yours.  Many a QSO gets started but the
>second op can't acknowledge the first op to make a complete QSO and has
>to repeat the info or request for a QSL.  All this repeating just eats
>up valuable pass time.
>B.    Announcers    Some ops just constantly announce their call.  They
>don't call anyone, they just keep announcing that they're there.  That's
>fine if you're a rare grid or a newbie; you'll get noticed and stations
>will work you but for all the others you too are using up valuable pass
>time.  If you hear someone you want to call, then call them, otherwise,
>keep quiet.
>C.    CQers    Some ops call CQ on the LEO.  To me that's kinda silly.
> If you hear someone you want to work, then you call them.  I do
>understand that someone has to call first to start off a QSO but once
>the frenzy is started, calling CQ just again wastes valuable pass time.
>D.    The Breakfast Club    Some ops have been on the birds a long time
>and know each other and each pass they call each other and say hello.
> "Hi, how's it going, how's the weather, your signal is real nice, just
>like last pass and just like yesterday, and the day before, etc. etc."
> When you club members do this while the bird is being heavily used or
>folks are trying to work a rare grid (The club members already have them
>in the log.) you yourselves contribute to the overloaded condition.  I
>used to run into this problem when working 80M DX from a city lot with
>puny antennas.  Drove me crazy.  My solution, if you can't beat 'em,
>join 'em.  I moved to a large property, have big antennas on 80M, and am
>now a club member too!
>E.    QRMers    I hate to say it but when I'm calling a particular
>station and another station tries to work me while I haven't yet
>completed my QSO, in my book, you're QRMing my QSO.  I won't come back
>to you and again, you're wasting valuable pass time and stop that.  Wait
>until I'm finished (Or hear that the QSO won't take place like if I'm
>calling a station who has just gone out of the LEO window.) and then
>drop in your call.
>F.    Long Winded Ops    Some ops try to conduct long QSOs on LEO.  This
>is fine if the bird is not being used but you can hear when it's being
>heavily used and your attempt for a long QSO just wastes time for
>everyone.  Some ops also constantly send a long string of info on each
>transmission, example if I sent "KB9CRY, EN51, Phil in Chicago" on each
>transmission.  Doing this just again wastes pass time; I should only
>need to send the info once per QSO.
>I'm done now; tnx for this bandwidth?!  Most ops are very nice folks and
>do try their best to help each other.  Some times the birds are just
>plain overloaded and when this happens, my suggestion, don't even try
>it.  Wait for the next pass and you'll eventually make the QSO.  I've
>found that if you wait until the second half of the pass, you usually
>will get through just fine.  Keep it short.  Speak clearly, enunciate,
>use standard phonetics, have fun!  Cu on the next pass.  73  Phil  KB9CRY
>Bob Bruninga wrote:
>On Tue, 15 Jul 2003, Emily Clarke wrote:

>>>I wonder - is it that the FM birds are overloaded? Or just overloaded over
>>>large population areas?
>>>Its like going to the beach around here.  When the weather is perfect,
>>>duh... every one wants to go to the beach.  THen they Bi#$% all about all
>>>the other jerks on the road causing a traffic jam...  duh...  and it takes
>>>4+ hours for a 2 hour trip.
>>>Travel ANY OTHER time of the week, and its a smooth ride.  duh...
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