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Re: Field Day - The perils of handheld ops



I understand the frustration, and after several Field Days Just South of 
L.A., you can't use too much power or to large an antenna! Both are required 
for a sucessful contact.
I wish it was not that way, but until something changes I will not try QRP 
on Field Day.

Art, KC6UQH

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ronald Nutter" <rnutter@networkref.com>
To: <jmeeks@gaslightmedia.com>
Cc: "amsat-bb" <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2005 6:37 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Field Day - The perils of handheld ops


> Glad to hear that you had better luck than I did.  Maybe next year, a
> different uplink frequency can be used from the of the spares that AO-51
> has.  I think several were trying to use the bird and didnt know that
> the downlink wasnt on UHF.  I hear so many calls that only seem to show
> up on field day.  My favorite is the one where the station calls CQ CQ
> CQ Field Day for around 3 minutes.  Really wish the ARRL would drop the
> sat bonus.
>
> Just my thoughts,
>
> Ron
> KA4KYI
>
> John Meeks wrote:
>> Hi Group,
>>
>> Working AO-51 in v/s mode with a handheld station seemed like an iffy
>> proposition to me but I thought I'd give it a try. Friday nite and
>> Saturday morning got my hopes up as I made 10 great contacts with the
>> setup. pix at http://www.themidwives.org/sband
>>
>> When the first FD pass came over, my hopes were dashed hearing the huge
>> numbers of stations all trying to work the bird at once and not waiting
>> for a QSO to finish before calling CQ. I didn't have much hope for my 4
>> watt HT to break through the noise.
>>
>> On the evening pass my luck changed. The bird was jammed as before and I
>> didn't hear myself in several attempts to make a contact. At 0227z with
>> Echo only a few degrees over the trees and sinking fast, I heard W1AW
>> calling QRZ... threw out my club's call and was blown away to hear my
>> signal full quieting on the downlink. I was stunned to hear W1AW come
>> back with my call and his class and section. I acknowledged his info and
>> gave him my 2 alpha/Michigan. With no interruptions in the QSO he gave
>> me a QSL and echo went below my horizon.
>>
>> I was pretty excited and hurried to log the contact. Wrote the call,
>> wrote the time and then completely blanked on the class and section. At
>> least I'd be able to get it form the mini mp3 recorder I had taking the
>> input from the W32A's headphone jack.
>>
>> It was a long pass so I settled down to listen. About 2 minutes into the
>> recording...SILENCE   dead silence. The file was finished. One of the
>> major high points in my short ham career, lost to brain freeze and
>> technical difficulties. At least I know W8GQN is in the W1AW logbook.
>>
>> On the last pass of FD I almost had success with VE4KK with Aruni at the
>> mike but we were thoroughly broken up by dozens of other stations
>> blasting in over both of us. So zero FD satellite contacts.
>>
>> The Lesson?  Have someone else with a headset logging for you. And yes 4
>> watts will do it if you're awfully lucky.
>>
>> 73 de KC8ZFN
>> John in EN75
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