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Re: A Newbie's Perspective form a Newbie

Hi Bill:

You screwed up on just one thing.  You may have been a "Newbie when you
started on your quest, but you surely have graduated.  I would no longer
consider you a Newbie.  Congratulations on a job very well done!!  I look
forward to working you on AO-40 U/S or L/S.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Acito W1PA" <w1pa@hotmail.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2001 14:27 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] A Newbie's Perspective form a Newbie

> I've been only following the Newbie thread lightly as I have been
> gleaning 2.4Ghz info from the list...
> I've been an AMSAT member for about five years. In the late 90's I was
> very active on AO-27 portable from my car. I had the privilege of
> having Doug KA2UPW show me his small homebrew station for AO-27 in the
> parking lot of ARRL, and I just ran with it. I mounted 2m and 440
> beams on a camera tripod, and went outside to the parking lot at
> lunchtime at work, almost every day. At last count I had 35 states,
> and 3 or 4 EU countries (gotta love those 5 degree easterly passes in
> New England) before the bird got way too popular and I lost interest.
> I was an apartment dweller, so setting up for some of the other birds
> would have been difficult --  I fell back on my interest in QRP and
> homebrewing.
> With the turn-on of AO-40, I got the spark again. I've never worked
> anything higher that 440, but from my QRP interests my building skills
> are very good. I have spent the last month using the AMSAT-BB as a
> spring board. I've watched what the rest of you have done, what you
> have posted, and what you have documented. If I read something, or saw
> a reference to a product I had never heard of I jumped on a search
> engine and went after it. I have 40+ links to personal and company
> pages, and a green hanging file 1.5" thick with info gleaned from this
> list -- dishes, feeds, helixes, preamps, down converters,
> polarization, DEM, SSB, cavity filters, interdigital filters, Toko,
> Drake, NF, gain, barbeque grills, phase center, G3RUH, W1GHZ, K5OE.
> Leila...  everything I might possibly need.
> I have a 5-turn LHCP helix feed I made out of copper pipe based on
> G3RUH's article. I have a DSS dish I got cheap off of ebay, and I used
> W1GHZ's articles to find the phase center. I just finished building A
> DEM ULNA pre-amp. I have a DEM RX down converter ready to build. I
> have the NF spreadsheet. I had ordered a DEM helix, but cancelled
> based on some of the early reports from those using single helixes.
> I'd like to throw all this, plus a 440 beam and a Yaesu 290/790 pair
> into the Subaru and work the bird at lunch or in the evening from my
> backyard when the passes will allow. I also remember the Mexican cab
> drivers and the endless CQ'ers on AO-27, and I have sat in a few cabs
> in Taiwan and seen _multiple_ 2m rigs under the dash.
> My take after a month?
> 1. Going the all turnkey, commercial route, in my opinion, is
> expensive.
> 2. Using some or all homebrew is definitely manageable.
> 3. The "quest" (as some of you have coined) or making it a challenge
> to get on the bird is fine, I don't mind the challenge. It's actually
> been quite the education. But right now I would say it is more of a
> scavenger hunt for information rather than following a map. With time
> to evaluate and publish, I'm sure the "map" will get better defined,
> but for right now, information is located on islands, scattered
> throughout the ocean.
> I've thought about putting all this to paper, if I can ever get the
> time. Doesn't mean anything I guess until I hear a viable downlink.
> Anyways, for those of you wondering about how the newbies are doing
> with all this, just ask us... we're running around on the floor
> picking up the scraps of info :-)
> Bill
> W1PA
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