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Re: FM satellites; Millennium Project

-----Original Message-----
From: John P. Toscano <tosca005@tc.umn.edu>
To: Randolph Kohlwey <kohlwey@xmission.com>
Cc: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 1999 1:27 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] FM satellites; Millennium Project

>Randolph Kohlwey wrote:
> >
> > I wish someone would make a HT SSB rig that could be used to work FO-20
> > and FO-29 with an arrow antenna.  It could have few feature but should
> > include built in Doppler control. It could also have a tracking program
> > built in to tell where to point the arrow antenna and when the next pass
> > will be.  Two meters SSB up and 70 cm SSB down. An internal GPS unit
> > be nice.
> >
> > I have worked FO-20,FO-29 and RS-13 portable but the problem is that
> > the work week out West no one or very few people are on! Often there are
> > FM simplex QSOs on FO-xx going on between hams on the ground than
> > SSB satellite users.
> >
>The first time I saw Icom's IC-R10 HT-style all-mode communications
>receiver, I told the Icom rep at the local hamfest that the only thing
>it was missing was a PTT button!  (I didn't buy one at retail price at
>the hamfest due to the missing PTT, but a month later found a like-new
>used one at a price I couldn't pass up.)  Having worked both FM simplex
>and SSB simplex on the VHF and UHF bands, it strikes me as odd that none
>of the major radio manufacturers has never considered building such a
>thing.  It's like they never heard of QRP operation, and figure that
>a handheld transceiver without a repeater is worthless, so why add CW
>or SSB capability?  Maybe we need to build terrestrial linear
>transponders to use our SSB/CW handhelds with before the companies
>will build them for us. . .       ;-)
>But if those handheld all-mode rigs were ever built, maybe we should
>modify Mike (KF4FDJ)'s proposal to orbit a string of SSB satellites
>instead that we can all work with those HT's!

Great Idea. The ICOM 706MKIIG and the Yaesu equivalent work great in this
role and they are VERY man portable!!

Henry Moseley

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