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Re: definition of a big gun?



The "BIG GUN" is the one that captures everyone else. On FM, all you need 
for this is an extra 10 dB of ERP over the other stations. AO-51 is not AM 
SSB on the up link.

Happy New Year,
Art
 KC6UQH
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John W Lee" <k6yk@juno.com>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2006 8:19 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] definition of a big gun?


> All this discussion about big guns and little pistols
> on the birds has been going on forever.
>
> It's very similar to the same discussion on the QRP
> reflector.  If you haven't read any of that, the main
> subject is griping about not being able to work anything
> on HF with QRP, small antennas, etc.
>
> If you're under-equipped or under-skilled you're
> going to have a harder time making QSO's than
> the folks that have a better setup and more experience.
>
> Many of the stations who are "regulars" (AKA big guns)
> on the birds will take extra pains to try to work the new folks
> and give them a chance to get in on the action.
>
> And I have been a "little pistol" many times with my HT and
> Arrow and NOT working full duplex and have still made
> thousands of QSO's on the FM birds with that setup.
>
> If a person wants to try something that works real good, try using
> your dual-band  FM mobile rig and Arrow antenna.  If you want to be
> portable, use a small  gel-cell or other battery to run the radio and
> preamp.  You'll have a  GREAT setup.  I've done that  with a  10-watt
> dual bander and  a small 7-amp hour battery  will last for a day's
> worth of passes before needing a recharge.   A  2.5-amp hour battery
> lasted for a few passes.
>
> 73,
> John, K6YK
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