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Re: beginner question re: uplink power



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Gordon JC Pearce MM3YEQ wrote:

> Unfortunately AO-51 seems to be plagued by the same cretins that jam
> repeaters with silly noises and bursts of music at certain times.  Even
> when they're not doing that there's always someone trying to run 2.5kW
> into a massive stacked antenna.  I've noticed that these are also the
> ones that sit there calling "CEEEE KYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO  CEEEEEEEEEEE
> KYOOOOOOO CEEEEEEEEEEEE KYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO <whistle whistle whistle>
> CEEEEEEEEEE KYOOOOOOOOOO CEEEEEEEEEEE KYOOOOOOOOOOOOO CEEEEEEEEEEEEE
> KYUUUUUUU" for nearly the whole damn pass without pausing for breath.

While this is an issue, it is often overblown (at least in the US). I
think the solution involves education and outreach. When someone like
this is one of the Easy Sats, I grin an bear it and then look them up on
QRZ for an e-mail address. I send them a Hi-Ho, tell them they made it
in, and point them in the right direction for proper operation. If
someone is a repeat offender, sadly the only way to deal with them is
try not to talk to them and hope they get bored.

<shameless_plug>
I addressed most of these concerns in my "The Courteous Ham's Guide to
AO-51" paper that I wrote in March. You can check it out at:
http://www.innismir.net/article/26
</shameless_plug>

As a community, the first step for fixing these problems on satellites
should be outreach and education. More people getting into satellites is
a good thing and we should be encouraging it. If people aren't
"behaving" we should be the first people to offer a helping hand.


- --
Ben Jackson - N1WBV - New Bedford, MA
bbj <at> innismir.net - http://www.innismir.net/
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