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Fw: Groundstation cost, etc.



Guys,

Don't forget you can MAKE YOUR OWN AZ-EL rotor for a whole lot less. Mine
is
made from two U-100 rotors.  Cost  ZERO!  You can find them around for
either
nothing or cheap at garage sales, flea markets, etc. Not necessarily ham
flea
markets. 

I have a 15 element 2 meter beam and an 8 element 70 CM beam on it
and it works just fine.

73,
John, K6YK

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--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Gary \"Joe\" Mayfield" <ka0yos@choicetech.net>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 21:26:15 -0500
Subject: [amsat-bb] Groundstation cost, etc.
Message-ID: <007b01bed8a0$9196d1e0$ac0ce9cc@oemcomputer>

> It seems to me the best investment is in the groundstation. These days
> you can buy an FT-847, power supply and antennas for under $2000.
> Preamps and an AZ-EL rotor will add almost another thousand but the
> result is an A-1 groundstation that can do more with less in the air.
>
This is a good point!  I guess the ultimate in easy sats is Iridium. 
Does
anyone know
what those phones cost?  Maybe even the deluxe amateur set up is really
on
the cheap.


73,
Joe


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