M0SAT wrote:Last night what I found even worse was when FUNcube was North of me (I'm in IO91, NW London) and there were operators much further South than me (QED much greater distance to the satellite) who were the strongest signals on the transponder. As a test I upped my transmit power to ask them to reduce power and even at 20 watts (I stopped at this level) I could not be heard over them. So what power/ERP are these stations running? It's crazy. I have a 9 element for 70cm uplink and don't usually need more than 5 watts to access.
It's similar on this side of the Atlantic. Especially earlier this week, there would be some running what should be considered excessive transmit power. There have also been passes where I couldn't hear any one station running excessive power, but maybe the number of stations trying to get through the transponder meant I couldn't hear myself.
I run no more than 5W transmit power. My all-mode satellite station has two FT-817NDs and an Elk Antennas handheld 2m/70cm log periodic. On one pass earlier this week, I was able to cut my transmit power down to 500mW during a QSO and could still hear myself clearly. This is just like working VO-52, and that's a good thing.
M0SAT wrote:On a brighter note there are many operators who do seem to be operating successfully and it has been nice to have QSO's with old friends and new.
Same thing here.
We have had 3 other satellites where you could work in SSB or CW before FUNcube-1 was launched, but the operators have come out to work the new satellite. It is fun to hear others on passes around 11pm or midnight local time, when on other satellites I would probably be talking to myself for 10 to 15 minutes - if I happened to set up my gear in the yard at those hours.