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Re: Newbies! Hard-Sats destroy AMSAT.

I haven't seen the equivalent of the "Warbler" for AO-40. If the definition
of an "easy-sat" is really the availability of a low-cost ground station,
then the all-mode VHF/UHF transceiver is the primary impediment and
therefore the place to cut costs.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Bruninga" <bruninga@usna.edu>
To: "John Stephensen, KD6OZH" <kd6ozh@AMSAT.Org>
Cc: "Trevor" <m5aka@yahoo.co.uk>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>; "Jens H. Jensen"
<topcat@mail1.stofanet.dk>; "Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL" <vlfiscus@mcn.net>
Sent: Saturday, 09 June 2001 00:58 UTC
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Newbies! Hard-Sats destroy AMSAT.

> On Fri, 8 Jun 2001, John Stephensen, KD6OZH wrote:
> > It sounds like the root of the problem is that the currently available
> > VHF/UHF satellite transceivers are too expensive and we need simpler
> > station equipment.
> Same for HF.  $1500 to $3000, but then you can do the same thing (sort of)
> with a $45 WARBLER kit.... communicate on HF many hundred miles.....
> Look at the popularity of PSK-31 Warblers...  complete HF "SSB"
> transceivers for $45.
> Yes, you can BUY sooper-dooper rigs, but HAM RADIO, and THE BAND, and the
> MODE doesn't "REQUIRE" the cash investment...  AO40 is proving that in
> spades...
> bob

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