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Re: AO-51 Sucess

Gary "Joe" Mayfield wrote:

> I think it is safe to say more contacts have been made on Echo in the last
> three days than any other amateur satellite. 

Based on what I hear from my QTH on the Esat Coast of the US, I'd have 
to dispute that. The number of completed QSOs I hear on each pass ois 
substantially less than a comperable pass by either UO-14 or AO-27 in 
their respective heydays.

Your milage might vary if you're in a location that has fewer operators 
in the footprint.

That doesn't mean I don't think Echo is "successful", of course. It's 
clearly working as designed, and has rekindled substantial interest in 
satellite operations. But more contacts? I'm skeptical.

  -73 de Maggie K3XS-

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