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Re: Satellite Tracking Question



Mike,
First off the 70cm and 2m transmitters may not be operational on AO-40.
Plan on using the 2.4G transmitter on AO-40 for receive.  For receive I use
a TranSys 3133 down converter to 144 mHz.  This is a great down converter
and is available for under $60.  Check the hamfests or John Harrington,
W5EME.  You will need a reflector for the downconverter; I purchased mine
from K5GNA, Bob Siedler.  Bob also sells down converters.

Best software is (I think) InstantTrack, ver 1.5.  In any case good squint
angle capability is a must with the directional antennas on AO-40.  Hardware
for tracking is the KC Tracker.

I use a Kenwood TS2000 for my satellite transceiver.  There are many other
cheaper options but this one is the best ( I think).  ICOM has a new rig
out, IC821.  There are several older rigs available which are quite capable
and less expensive than the TS2000.  I work a lot of HF so the TS2000
satisfies my needs.  The FT826 is another less expensive option but does not
have the tools built in that are required for HF.




----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Palmer" <M.W.Palmer@iee.org>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2001 12:56 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Satellite Tracking Question


> Can anyone help me with a problem I have. I am new to amateur satellites
and
> would like to get started with AO-40. Question is what is the best
satellite
> tracking hardware and software along with an antenna for 2m/70cm? My rig
is
> only a FT-51R until I can get my DSP-10 built.
>
> Regards
>
> Mike
> M1EHW
>
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