[amsat-bb] Ao85 rudeness

W3MAT . w3mat03 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 3 11:36:12 UTC 2015

Start your uplink at 435.165 st AOS and work up to 435.175 or .180 at
LOS.  Hope this helps.   I've worked it both wide and narrow.


*Made it out for my 5th attempt at an exchange on AO-85.
However, it was most disappointing in as much as a Ham in Southern
California dominated the bird for a full 7 minutes of my pass; if the
ham had been whipping out contacts I would not be objecting.  Instead,
this ham was busy being Mr. Chatty and I think had no more than two
separate conversions.  Discussions included some radio talk but also
expanded out into promotion of a ham fest and discussion of mutual
While I have not worked birds since 2012, I know that this type of
behavior was frowned upon back then and for good reason.  When we go
to the trouble to get our equipment into a location where we have a
good clear line of sight and then only a limited window folks need to
move along with just an exchange of call sign and maybe throw in the
grid square if traffic permits.
This was not my first experience with this single ham hogging the time.

I am still without a contact and trying to figure out uplink freq.
Today, I took another hand held down with the downlink freq dialed in.
The only two of my uplink attempts that caused a squawk  out of the
second radio was when I was on 435.175 (not narrow band) just past the
Max El, which was also just after the disappearance, at last, of Mr.
Frankly, I am not sure when I will bother again; not worth the time
and effort when I have to waste so much of the time with a Mr. Chatty
hogging time, while still trying to dial everything in.

On the other hand, I do welcome any uplink suggestions RE both
frequency and whether or not going with narrow band that anyone might
have; previously, the only input I received was from a ham in Hi
(thank you).
Tim CrawfordKE7TAC*

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