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Re: Clifford Buttschardt on Drake Downconvertes



Comnet went out of business approx 2 months ago.  Phones, e-mail, & web page
have all been shut down or disconnected.

There is another source for the Drake down converters as well as preamps and
antennas at very good prices.  Bob Partains, WB5OHH operates a company
called SCTV-SkyCable   I have bought several items from Bob and have been
very pleased.  Bob can be found at:

http://www.nitehawk.com/sctv-skycable

the.partains@postoffice.worldnet.att.net


73,

Woody
KJ4SO


-----Original Message-----
From: Ron L. Sparks <rlssat1@ibm.net>
To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.org <amsat-bb@AMSAT.org>
Cc: dan@comnetcorp.com <dan@comnetcorp.com>
Date: Friday, May 15, 1998 12:28 PM
Subject: Re: Clifford Buttschardt on Drake Downconvertes


>I spoke at length with Dan at Comnet (dan@comnetcorp.com) about two months
>ago and he told me that the Drake downconverter was a discontinued (by
>Drake) item and would eventually run out of stock (I think he had about 280
>left then).  He was exceptionally helpful and complementary of all the Hams
>that he had worked with.  He sent me/us a couple of other units to
>experiment with to see if they could be used as a replacement for the
>Drake.  I have the California Amplifier unit and I gave the other, more
>promising (I think it was a Pacific Monolithics), one to one of our
>microwavers here to work on.  The us I refer to is the Houston AMSAT group
>and the Houston ATV group.  These units appear to work in a similar fashion
>to the Drake.  The advantage they seem to have is that the front end is
>broader (so that it would cover both MDS and MMDS).  I have no idea yet how
>the IF will behave though.  They both appear to work with the same x256
>frequency multiplier system that the Drake does.  I have been in the midst
>of a move to Indonesia (now in some turmoil) and have not been able to work
>on mine.  I hope to get a report from Rick at our HATS meeting on the 20th.
> By the way, Dan also donated a 2.4GHz patch antenna to HATS for our
>testing.  It could be the answer to covenants and restrictions for ATVers
>here.  Once HATS finishes with it, we will test it for AMSAT use.
>
>If you have any contact with COMNET please thank them for their donation
>and continue to represent the Ham community as well as others have done.
>We will post any information to this list as our experiments progress.  By
>the way, the COMNET webpage at http://www.wirelesscabletv.com/ appears to
>be down.
>
>If you have any suggestions, feel free to route them directly to me at
>rls@sparkles.com.
>
>Ron Sparks
>KC5ODM
>
>
>At 12:31 PM 5/13/98 -0700, you wrote:
>>
>>Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 12:23:40 -0700 (PDT)
>>From: Clifford Buttschardt <cbuttsch@slonet.org>
>>Subject: 2400 MHZ downcoverters
>>
>>Hi all.   What is the latest situation regarding the Drake 2880
>>downcoverters that can be modified to 2400 MHz operation?
>>
>>Both Drake and Comnet seem to be out of stock.
>>
>>Who remains as a supplier and for what price?
>>Cliff K7RR






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