Actually, on busy passes of AO-51, I find phonetics best because it is often quite hard to hear weaker stations over the "free for all" that can occur Not all stations are full quieting into the sat, nor does everyone always have a great signal on the receiving end. :)
Just my $0.02
Ben Jackson - N1WBV - bbj(a)innismir.net - http://www.innismir.net
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From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga(a)usna.edu>
Sent: 2/25/08 4:36 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: A0-51 "easy sat"
> How about trying to use the more preferred protocol of...
> Callsign phonetically. grid square, op mode
> Kilo-Six-Lima-Charlie-Sierra, Delta Mike 13, handheld
On FM, in my opinion, there is no need for phonetics except for
calls with troublesome letters. Most calls can be heard easily
without using up time with phonetics.
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PCSAT-1 has fully recoverd and is available for normal contacts on 145.825. See the downlink on http://pcsat.aprs.org
And we encourage everyone with a D7 or D700 (or other packet station) to go out and send yourself an Email via any of the birds, PCSAT-1, ARISS, GO-32, or even ECHO. (though we may not have enough IGates always monitiring the GO-32 or ECHO downlinks).
By participating in this Satellite Simulated Emergency Test, you are not only showing our AMSAT interest in supporting EMCON, but you are also refreshing your skills at being able to use just a simple ARPS radio to get an emergency message out of anywhere at any time (when one of these satellites comes over).
PCSAT-1 may crash back to W3ADO-1. The generic digipeater path "VIA ARISS" only works when PCSAT-1 is showing. Otherwise, when it crashes back to W3ADO-1, you can only use that callsign.
The callsign PCSAT-11 is only on the 144.39 downlink over the USA. If you see it on 145.825, then the satellite has crashed and should not be used until the two systems are again isolated (since it draws twice the power and will die).
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From: "ANTHONY JAPHA" <tjjapha(a)earthlink.net>
> Greetings all,
> Can someone explain why the only orbits ever discussed these days--and for the
> past decade and more--are either very low or very high? What really happened to
> the AO-7-type orbits that were prevalent in days of yore, and so useful? Why
> aren't current day birds ever placed in these orbits? Are they incompatible
> with today's launch vehicles or their intended orbits?
> Many thanks and 73,
> Tony, N2UN
> LM 183
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Can someone explain why the only orbits ever discussed these days--and for the past decade and more--are either very low or very high? What really happened to the AO-7-type orbits that were prevalent in days of yore, and so useful? Why aren't current day birds ever placed in these orbits? Are they incompatible with today's launch vehicles or their intended orbits?
Many thanks and 73,
Congratulations to all involved in the many qso's on ao7 ! i have had great pleasure working joe and terry ,and indeed many more guys on this great old bird! for years now,and ive not been counting! the qso's !
Ao7 is truly a great bird ,and the guys that use the transponder are also! how we all miss 13,10 and 40 !!! its just a good job we can rely upon the past !!! that is amsat oscar 7 to get us over the water to chat with our friends !! SOMTHING THAT SAT BUILDERS SHOULD CONSIDER TODAY FOOTPRINT and RELIABLITY and a transponder !73 's
PAUL 2E1EUB. amsat uk/na member!
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I know starting out can be tough and discouraging for our newer Amsaters, especially when trying to make QSOs on the "easy sats". I just wanted to let you know that I called and called and called CQ on AO-51 this morning with no takers, just an occasional keyup from someone here too on the east coast. Some of these morning passes I can make 2 or 3 nice contacts and even get a chance to learn their name or what the weather is like on the other end.
I worked 2 new grids this weekend on the morning passes and heard the same alligators on the evening passes.... Wake up early and head ourside with your handheld or however you can access the satellites, Im sure you will discover what they orignially meant in the words "easy sat." Keep with it. Keep trying. Keep reading and studying. You can do it!
Here is my recording of thins AMs "no takers" pass.
I hate !!!!!! you ... and if I was back in Blighty you could bet your Sunday britches I'd cut your coax !!! ... but I can tell you now mate, you're wasting your time chasing Joe .. that's about as sensible as a one legged man kicking "botty".
Congratulations !!! ... and one of these days I might even be able to afford a microphone!.
73 John. <la2qaa(a)amsat.org>
As a friend of many years , with whom I've had many many windy conversation's.I hold my TEA CUP high to congratulate you for your 3000 plus qso's on AO7.
PS.Even John LA2QAA our gate keeper will be proud of you,hi hi
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