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Re: Parts costs (was: AMSAT has a SECRET...)



Hello Laura,
Sorry for the late reply.
I may split the situation in two parts;
-first, buying a Drake or other "surplus"converters, the cheapest situation
at no doubt but I have no availability of tools to adjust the setup, plus the 
risk factor if some gets wrong, there you go again waiting pore some parts.
Naturally I would prefer this one if I could handle the situation at no risk.
- at DEM web side I found some kind of "2400 Special" for US$ 400,-,in-
cluding downconverter, mounting brackets and helical antenna in a package,
all assembled and tuned and tested,ready for 144 IF.
The point is that the exchange rate is 2.40 Reais to one US$  + import taxes
50% ,shipping and handling US$50,00? or more,etc.,the end is almost 
US$700,00, US$100,00 less than my first estimate.
Unfortunately,that is the point.
Thank you for asking
73
Nicolaus Sallay-PP8DA
E-mail : n.sallay@internext.com.br

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "laura halliday" <marsgal42@hotmail.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2001 6:09 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Parts costs (was: AMSAT has a SECRET...)


> Nicolaus Sallay <n.sallay@internext.com.br> wrote:
> 
> >...I'm dreaming with a down converter set from DEM plus
> >the helix, because I think I can rely on DEM. This setup
> >will cost me here at least US$800,00, a lot of money...
> 
> The converter kit is $US 120.00, according to Downeast
> Microwave's web page. Please explain this enormous differ-
> ence.
> 
> I have no intention of belittling your position (I'm on
> the wrong end of an unfavourable exchange rate myself),
> but a 700% markup it a bit much to swallow.
> 
> Laura Halliday VE7LDH     "Que les nuages soient notre
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