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Re: Newbies! Low cost U/S stations.



Only a score of large cities in the U.S. have amateur radio stores so I
suspect that may hams in the U.S. must mail-order equipment. Almost all of
the suppliers will ship outside the U.S. and any tarrifs would apply to mode
B equipment also.

73,

John
KD6OZH

----- Original Message -----
From: "Trevor" <m5aka@yahoo.co.uk>
To: "John Stephensen, KD6OZH" <kd6ozh@AMSAT.Org>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, 10 June 2001 15:48 UTC
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Newbies! Low cost U/S stations.


> I don't believe you can get a mode U/S station
> for anything like the cost of a Mode A station
> and for hams in many parts of the world the UHF/SHF
> equipment thats readily available in the States is
> simply unobtainable.
> Mode A sats are still needed and will be for many
> years to come.
>
> However, on the subject of low cost U/S stations
> has anyone thought of writing an article for QST
> describing how to get on U/S with a shoe-string budget ?
>
> Trevor M5AKA
>
> --- "John Stephensen, KD6OZH" <kd6ozh@gte.net> wrote: > It
> doesn't sound like AMSAT needs to spend money on mode A or
> > B satellites
> > if sufficient information is published on inexpensive ground
> > stations for
> > mode U/S and L/S.
> >
> > I have an IC-821H, a modified DEM converter and LNA, and a 3
> > foot dish with
> > Yaesu rotator that will work fine for AO-40 so I've never
> > looked into
> > low-cost gear. The need for older modes seems to be related
> > to lowering the
> > cost of the ground station and the IC-821 and the newer
> > all-mode
> > transceivers seem to be the major cost. I received half a
> > dozen replies
> > outlining complete AO-40 ground stations that can be
> > assembled for $450 and
> > up with used gear or Radio Shack 10-meter transceivers.
> >
> > 73,
> >
> > John
> > KD6OZH
> >
> > At 11:53 PM 6/8/01 +0100, Trevor <m5aka@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> > >Having only hard to use satellites means:
> > >- only the dedicated few use them
> > >- there are very few people to actually work on the sats
> > >- AMSAT membership plunges
> > >- there is no money to build new satellites
> > >- AMSAT ceases to exist
> > >
> > >User friendly satellites (Mode A/B linear transponders)
> > means:
> > >- lots of hams become interested in satellites
> > >- they LEARN by getting on the sats and improving their
> > skills
> > >- there are lots of hams to work even on the microwave sats
> > >   as the newcomers work their way up
> > >- AMSAT membership rises
> > >- theres lots more money available to fund new sats
> > >- AMSAT has a bright future
> >
> >
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