On my 1709Z pass today on AO-92 from the EM31/32 Line in LA, I logged the following Calls: K5DCC, K0TLG, N0JE, KI7UNJ, N3GS, WA5KBH, K9UO, W7JSD, K3RRR, AA6DY, KB6LTY, N8RO, N5UP, K7TAB
On my 1745Z pass today on AO-91 from EM31/32 in LA, I logged the following Calls: WD9EWK, WA9JBQ, + 12 minutes of chaos!!
In spite of it being an almost directly overhead pass at 1745Z, there was so much chaos and rude behavior that it was nearly impossible to complete a QSO. I've been operating Satellites since 1979 and I've never experienced anything like this. I can't even imagine what it must be like on weekends. My plan/hope was to do a lot of roving to adjacent Grids while here in EM32 until 3/5-ish, but I don't think I can tolerate such obnoxious activity. Perhaps, I'll only spend my time on the Linears.
As long as I'm in the commenting mode, here are a few more. When it's busy and you are calling someone, use THEIR Call when you call them. Otherwise, no one knows your intention. When traffic is light, that's not much of an issue. Use Phonetics as much as possible, including saying individual numbers. Say 6-7 or 5-7 instead of 67 or 57 which sound almost exactly the same. Finally, for now, try not to jump into the middle of a QSO attempt before it completes. It eats up the short time available since they may have to try again and so will you. Next thing you know, the Satellite will be gone and nobody has made their contacts.
If I botched your Call or missed it during my transcription, let me know and I'll re-check my recording. Will upload to LoTW soon. (No eQSL)
73, Bob K8BL (AMSAT #6593, since 1979)