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Re: Re: Thoughts on future "FM birds"



Why am I on the FM birds?

My wife gave me an Alinco DJ-S41 70cm micro talkie a few years ago for
Christmas.  It was fine for using the repeater 3 miles away.  I heard UO-14
one night and I was hooked.  Uplink? - ADI-AT200 already on hand.
Downlink?- purchased an ADI-AT400 on closeout.  Antenna? - ordered an Arrow
crossed yagi followed by ordering a split boom.  For minimal cost, I have an
effective satellite station that fits in a gym bag. Five other local hams
have followed my lead.  In the foreseeable future, I will be taking this
station to several grid squares (FM72 and upstate New York soon), as well as
Costa Rica (very soon), Bermuda, Spain and Hawaii.  Am I active on the FM
birds? - YES!  Would my group and I  have joined the satellite community
without the FM birds? - NO.  Will we be soon using the SSB birds on
gridpeditions? - YES.

73,
Dennis C. Morris
WA4ZJJ
----- Original Message -----
From: Jon Ogden <na9d@mindspring.com>
To: John Hansen <john@hansen.net>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2000 10:19 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Re: Thoughts on future "FM birds"


> on 8/17/00 4:33 PM, John Hansen at john@hansen.net wrote:
>
> > I don't think this really has to do with selling radios, Dave, though I
> > could be wrong.  Most folks buy FM radios for reasons completely apart
from
> > satellite operation and then want to know how to use them on
> > satellites.  Instead, I think it is a misguided attempt to convince
people
> > that satellite operation is not inherently difficult or challenging.  I
> > think that this is a mistake.  Frankly, if satellite operation didn't
> > involve learning a lot of new things, I for one (and I suspect you too)
> > would never have become interested in it.
>
> HALLELUJA!!! HALLLELUJA!! PREACH IT BROTHER!!
>
> You hit the nail on the head!  BAM!
>
> 73,
>
> Jon
> NA9D
>
> -------------------------------------
> Jon Ogden
> NA9D (ex: KE9NA)
>
> Member:  ARRL, AMSAT, DXCC, NRA
>
> http://www.qsl.net/ke9na
>
> "A life lived in fear is a life half lived."
>
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