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Re: FD operation

A voice of reason. How refreshing! 73's << John

At 10:18 AM 5/8/2005, Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:
>Hello group,
>Unfortunately I'm one of the "idiots" who helps make the schedule for 
>AO-51. Since we receive practically no suggestions via the 
>ao51-modes@amsat.org address, myself and the other members of the group 
>have to do what we can to present a balanced schedule. I think it would be 
>a shame to lock AO-51 in one single mode and never experiment with the 
>different combinations, therefore we try to make sure everyone's favorite 
>mode gets a little time each month.
> >Depending of the outcome of the SSB voice relay, I would prefer to see
> >V/U with SSB input so you can hear everyone at once so you can hear
> >how bad it is.  I would definitely be recording that but I guess the
> >mode has been already desided. Last year SO-50 had maybe 1 successful
> >contact per pass.
>This is the first time we will run the SSB/FM test. The mode for field day 
>has to be decided well in advance so it can be published here, and in QST 
>and the other magazines. One of the primary reasons we went with V/S is 
>the total chaos that has been the norm the past years on the V/U FM 
>satellites. I live in the very southeastern part of this country with 
>mostly water on 3 sides, and have never made a contact on Field Day on 
>SO-50, AO-27, or UO-14. It's nearly impossible. My opinion is that it is 
>better to have 100 well prepared stations be successful and make a contact 
>on AO-51, than have 2000 frustrated first time users walk away with a bad 
>taste in their mouth from satellites. Additionally mode V/S on AO-51 
>presents something different to the operator. We have 2 other V/U FM birds 
>that will be active on Field Day, so S-band may be just different enough 
>to attract some people who would avoid using the other sats. The amateur 
>service is about experimentation....
>If you follow the AMSAT FD rules, the worst thing that can happen by 51 
>being in V/S is that you loose 1 QSO. The best is that you make 1 QSO that 
>you likely would not have made on V/U FM.
> >V/S for Dayton, and V/S for FD.  What's the obsession for this mode?
> >I realize that the next sat for ham service will be using this mode
> >exclusively.  Is this why?
>There is no "obsession", just utilization of a unique resource until SSETI 
>is launched. I'm heading up the team for the Dayton demonstrations and 
>requested that mode for that weekend. My Dayton team will be doing V/U FM 
>demos on both SO-50 and AO-27 that weekend, so again V/S provides 
>something different and will maybe appeal to and entice hams to join and 
>support AMSAT that aren't interested in just V/U operations. And you are 
>also correct that it is partially in light of SSETI and a contingent from 
>AMSAT-UK being in Dayton to present on the SSETI project.
>73, Drew KO4MA
>AO-51 Operations Group
>Dayton Demonstration Dude
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