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Jeff

MIR PBBS is for me the easiest way to start playing with satellite packet.
You just need a common 1200 bdsTNC or modem (the same one you
use for terrestrial packet) because MIR  uses *classical* FM AFSK AX25.
R0MIR-1 (MIR callsign) works on 145.985 MHz.
MIR PBBS is using a Kantronics KPC-9612 + V.8.1 TNC.
A simple ground plane antenna is OK.
If you run only a few watts, I suggest you try to connect to R0MIR
when the majority of hams is busy (sleeping, working ...).

73 de Jean-Louis F6AGR
JN18DQ

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Date: vendredi 17 juillet 1998 06:32

Having been a ham for a couple of years, I have just now developed an
interest in amateur satellites and packet radio. I have just about mastered
packet and am ready to step up to the amsat challenge. At the present time
my equipment is limited to a dual band VHF/UHF HT and a 2M mobile radio.
I've heard that it is possible to make contact with one or more of the
amateur satellites with this type equipment. Is this true or is it just one
of those infamous urban legends? If it is possible, will a ground plane
antenna work or is it absolutely necessary to use a directional antenna? I
am really hoping that it is possible to use FM to make contact with one of
the satellites. I hope all the seasoned veterans out there will forgive me
of my ignorance, but if you don't ask you'll never know. Thanks in advance!

73
Jeff

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