Why can't I get through on the satellites?
I got an arrow II antenna for Xmas this year and have been really excited about working satellites. I have all the FM birds stored into my VX-6R with the proper PL tones and splits (while also taking into account for doppler shift) and 5 watts of power. I am using external duplexer, not the optional one that comes with the antenna, and have all the cables hooked up to the proper connections. I get perfect reception of all the birds I have been tracking, but have had no luck with breaking through and getting any contacts on the birds. I know there are larget pileups and its tough to get through, but on SO-50 earlier today, there was basiclly two guys talking and thats it. I tried to call CQ and got no response. I have the pl tones programmed and the proper frequency. What can I do to break through and make some contacts? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Savannah, Ga EM92