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AO-51 back in mode J-FM (and VERY busy)



AO-51 is in high power mode J-FM this morning.  I'm not sure if it's because
it's a long weekend, in high power mode, or just off for awhile, but it was
VERY crowded this morning.  There were several interesting new or uncommon
stations on, but they could not be worked at all QRP.  I suspect they were
having trouble as well.  Eventually, folks did figure it out and paused to
wait for a new/uncommon station to answer.  It might be my own prejudices
(as i haven't listened to the recording yet), but earlier in the pass, it
seemed like it was mostly the 'regulars' working a few new-ish stations 
and each other.

While 'standing on the soapbox', i'd say that i'd like to encourge folks to
use the high power mode to let stations who have trouble hearing SO-50 or 
AO-51 to work satellites and get started.  I would hope that folks who use
mode J-FM on a regular basis would use coastal/oceanic passes, or SO-50, to 
say hello to their friends and/or talk at length about the weather.  Alas,
it is these conditions that discourage me from making my nantenna design
widely available, as things are like this only discourage and frustrate
new users, and easier access to mode J-FM might only make this worse.

On the other hand, SO-50 has definitely seen more usage and interesting
stations do pop up over the 'States, especially on transcontinental passes.
So especially this week, give SO-50 a try, and try to show some restraint on
AO-51 so new folks can take advantage of high power mode.

		         -- KD6PAG  (Networking Old-Timer, Satellite QRPer)


P.S.  I had mail to AMSAT-BB bounce this weekend, but retrying ten minutes
later succeeded.  You might try the same thing if your mail gets returned.
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