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Re: Newbies! Hard-Sats destroy AMSAT.

I also found plans for using a $35 Alliance U-110 rotor for an altitude /
azimuth rotor system.  I'm combining plans from the 1993 ARRL Handbook (pp.
23-14 - 23-15) and from http://web.wt.net/~w5un/readout.htm.  I estimate my
total cost for this system will be around $150.  The most expensive pieces
being the two rotors and the two DVMs for the readouts.  That's a far cry
from $600 for a G-5500 and the U-110's will handle up to 5 square feet
windload.  That's more than enought for my current Cushcraft antennas (an
A144-20T and 738XB).

You know, I'm thinking you could get two Arrow antennas and phase them so
you have circular polarity.  You now have an antenna system for $250 right
or left-hand circular polarity with rotor system.  Howard, isn't this how
your previous antenna system was engineered?

I get tired of people thinking they've got to fork over a lot of cash to get
on the birds.  Maybe it's an excuse - for whatever reason!

Joel B. Black

----- Original Message -----
From: "Howard Long" <howard@howardlong.com>
To: "John Stephensen, KD6OZH" <kd6ozh@AMSAT.Org>; "Bob Bruninga"
Cc: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2001 4:40 AM
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Newbies! Hard-Sats destroy AMSAT.

> Hello John
> > 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
> > then the all-mode VHF/UHF transceiver is the primary impediment and
> > therefore the place to cut costs.
> That's interesting. I'm currently preparing a low cost station for AO-40
> which I'm considering presenting at the AMSAT-UK Colloquium in July.
> Here's the cost for an entire AO-40 station from scratch, without even
> getting your soldering iron out:
> FT-290 S/H                100  $138
> FT-790 S/H                 90  $124
> 1W in 50W out 70cm Amp S/H 78  $108
> AIDC converter inc dipole  39   $54
> Xtal for above              9   $12
> 60cm offset TV dish I found 0    $0
> K5OE 70cm X yagi           10   $14
> ====================================
> TOTAL                     326  $450
> Of course, a lot of folks already have equipment that they could use which
> will really reduce the cost.
> Question? How much would the _average_ ham spend to get on UO-14 from
> scratch?
> Alinco DJ-G5TH HT         217  $300
> 9.6V NiCd battery pack     50   $69
> Arrow Split boom           58   $80
> Arrow in boom duplexer     43   $60
> ====================================
> TOTAL                     368  $509
> Of course, what I forgot to mention was that with the AO-40 configuration
> you're also configured for UO-14, AO-27, FO-20, FO-29 if you add a $20 2m
> K5OE antenna.
> 73 Howard G6LVB
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