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Re: Newbies! Hard-Sats destroy AMSAT.



Yes, but getting on AO-40 is like buying an Altair computer. You bought the
$700 kit but then you had to buy the extra memory to run BASIC, the "TV
Typewriter" to use it and the floppy disk to store your programs.

The COTS solution for AO-40 is a $400 S-band antenna plus converter package,
a $100 VHF antenna, a $1500 transceiver, a (perhaps optional) $600 rotator
and $200 of cables in addition to a PC.

73,

John
KD6OZH

----- Original Message -----
From: "Margaret Leber" <maggie@voicenet.com>
Cc: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Saturday, 09 June 2001 01:49 UTC
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Newbies! Hard-Sats destroy AMSAT.


> "John Stephensen, KD6OZH" wrote:
>
> > It sounds like the root of the problem is that the currently available
$1500
> > VHF/UHF satellite transceivers are too expensive and we need simpler
ground
> > station equipment.
>
> Simpler or cheaper? I wouldn't find it *simpler* to build my FT-847 from
> parts but, like "free software", it would only be cheaper if my time is
> free. :-)
>
> Technolongy always lists for $1500 but you can get it for $1300 if you
> shop around. That was true of my first S-100 microcomputer and it's
> still true today. I think it's the price point vendors engineer for
> because it's at the XYL threshold...the point at where it becomes a
> family decision. :-)
>
> 73 de Maggie K3XS
>
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