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Re: FM satellites (was: Re: SUNSAT OVER EUROPE)



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On 30 Jul 1999 13:21:56 -0700, John Mock wrote:

>    I have to disagree with that statement.  It was exactly a weekend
>    trivial project for me; I threw together a turnstile for 2 meters made
>    from plumbing supplies, hooked up my 2-meter allmode, and used my
>    existing HF rig and a 5/8-wave CB ground-plane antenna for 10 meters. 
>    It got me on RS-10 and RS-15 (in it's better days) with a decent enough
>    signal to make many contacts.
>
>That assumes HF equipment, which a 'no-coder' won't have and can't really
>use for anything else.  Most SSB stations are based on transverters to HF
>or expensive transceivers.  I have a friend who's interested in getting up
>on RS-12/13, either via 2m or 15m, and we're still trying to figure out
>how to hear the downlink well enough to work it.  I may report back on
>this later.


Most stations are based on transverters?  Not in this part of the
country.  I know lots of people who have allmodes, but no one who has a
transverter.

The HF end of it doesn't have to be expensive either.  Older HF rigs
can often be found at hamfests for dirt cheap.  HR2510's and HTX100's
for 10 meters are plentiful and reasonable.  There are many synthesized
SSB CB rigs out there that can be converted to 10 meters *without*
changing ANY crystals (a fact most people still don't seem to be aware
of).

Working the analog birds, especially mode A, would only seem to be
expensive if you want it to be...

73,

Jim


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