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Schedules would have to be a necessary part of any moon bounce system, especially for very distant contacts; both parties have to have line-of-sight to the moon. It's also just plain convenient, you don't have to be listening all the time; although when using digital modes, most TNCs (Terminal Node Controller, the interface between the radio and the computer) have an e-mail box feature so you can connect to that station, give it e-mail, and disconnect. In addition, while a station could listen all the time, transmission would impose a very large drain on the site's power system so you don't want to be transmitting much.

An encryption scheme may also be useful as the government types will probably be using the same mode for their own intercommunication. Any practice prior to the pole shift would have to be tested off line as encryption is now illegal for ham radio operations.

Offered by Ron.
WB5KAN - General Class