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Re: AO-40 spreadsheet



My comments were to try and convince people to get a LNA for their Drakes 
and/or transystems as the $50 difference for a DEM unit is substantial.. but 
as long as you know you are not an alligator, your ok.

Fred W0FMS



>From: "Gary Mayfield" <gary_mayfield@hotmail.com>
>To: schiers@netins.net, fspinner@hotmail.com, amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO-40 spreadsheet
>Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 06:55:50 -0500
>
>
>>
>>The original "illusion" that these 20 or 30 buck converters with a bbq
>>grill
>>antenna system were going to work just fine has been shattered. There
>
>Is this really true?  I've been quite happy with mine, and I've made quite 
>a
>number of QSOs.  I think it is more a case of "my noise figure is better
>than your noise figure".  I seem to hear everyone who is on.  I'm sure they
>are closer to the noise than where some other folks hear them, but once you
>can hear them good enough to work them how much more signal do you need?  
>If
>you can copy your own signal well, and don't trip LEILA is that acceptable?
>
>I have a fear that we will scare more people by implying that you need
>either:
>
>A) a really big investment to get on S-Band (The complaint I already hear
>the most)
>
>B) the skill of a neuro-surgeon along with $250 K of test equipment.
>
>73,
>Joe
>ka0yos@amsat.org
>
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