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Re: Newbie Question(s)



Yes, Stan, I would say that if Joel has a "BUDGET" of about $3500, he
likely could buy all that stuff and have fun with all the present and
proposed satellites !!!!!   Not bad for a satellite "Newbie"  !!!!!

73 de Jim   K4PYT




Stan wrote:
> 
> Hello Koel,
> 
> My 2 cents for "sat ops" on a budget:
> 
> I have had QSO's using my Yaesu FT-5200 FM mobile rig with the
> 2 band larsen vertical antenna on the car roof, 2M uplink and
> 436.8 Mhz downlink on AO-27. Simple to implement and fun.
> 
> Consider the Yaesu FT-847, Much more radio than the ICOM IC-821
> or 820.
> 
> For the RS satellites I used my existing HF rig, and wire
> dipoles for 15M uplink and 10M downlink or a Diamond
> vertical for the 2M downlink with a Yaesu FT-736R.
> 
> A computer in the shack is neccesary to determine
> when the sats are visible, A internet connection can get the
> satellite element  sets to plug into your tracking program.
> Or get sat elements on the 2M packet network/bbs.
> I still use AMSAT's INSTANTRACK (sp) for my PC.
> Other programs are available for tacking and telementry decoding.
> 
> As the budget permits: ( my order of priority.... HI )
> 
> 1. mast mount preamplifiers for the downlink vertical antennas.
>     Mirage stuff will work, Consider the Landwehr 2m, 70 cm preamps also.
> 
> 2. circularly polarized antennas for uplink and downlink. 2M and 70 cm
>     consider the M2 2" OD fiberglass horizontal boom, longer than KLM's
> 
> 3. antenna azimuth and elevation positioners like the Yaesu 5400
>     or the new M2 MT1000.(el positioner)
> 
> 4. Packet TNC for 9600. Be careful on what unit you buy,
>     some are reportedly a bear to set up.
> 
> 5. 1269 Mhz transverter with 2M IF, for P3D, uplink
>     (1268= 144, 1269 = 145 Mhz).
>     use receive down converter for terrestrial  QSO's.
> 
> 6. 2400 Mhz transverter with 2M IF (144 = 2400, 2401 = 145Mhz) for P3D,
>     and antenna mounted on the cross boom.
> 
> 7. a tower to give you a clear sight to the radio horizon.
>     associated coax, positioner control cables, lightning arrestors.
> 
> 8. 5,668  Mhz uplink, transmit converter 2M IF for P3D and antenna
>     (5,668 = 144 Mhz).
> 
> 9. 10,451, and 24,048 Mhz receive downconverters for P3D, 2M IF
> 
> 10. satellite tracking controller hardware to allow your tracking software
>     to control you antenna positions.
>     Then you can spend more time in QSO,  than moving antennas.
> 
> 11. I am sure other folks have good suggstions and priorities..
> 
> My 2 cents,
> 
> Stan, WA1ECF   LM-AMSAT
> 
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