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Re: AO40 user population



Paul,

What about building something for ao40 S-band downlink.
Or, get yourself an easy to modify MMDS converter, i am sure
you don't have to spend more than 50 $ to add AO40 to your
multi K$ investment... .

Best 73's
Eddy ON7UN

----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul" <paul.hamradio@verizon.net>
To: "Estes Wayne-W10191" <W10191@motorola.com>; <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2001 7:16 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO40 user population


>
> Hi Wayne,
>
> Very well said.
>
> I am one of those hams who decided to begin satellite operations after
> reading about AO-40. I made several inquiries and did all my research to
be
> sure I bought the best equipment I could to work AO-40. I invested several
> thousand dollars in the equipment, but never anticipated there might be
> problems with the satellite. I set up a beautiful 9600/38400 station for
> VHF/UHF operation. I went into this knowing that I would be able to work
> just a few other digital satellites at 9k6/38k4 and needless to say was
very
> disappointed to learn I would be unable to work AO-40 with my existing
> equipment. I am reluctant to purchase anymore equipment (as you mention)
> just to enable use of AO-40. I can now only hope that my hardware will be
> fully useable on the next satellite. As you mention in your closing below,
I
> also hope that 144mhz capability will be included, as I am one of those
> 'mass appeal' guys who would benefit from it. I am not crying the blues
> here, and will also support future plans. It's just my situation at
present,
> that with what I have already invested, it will be difficult to purchase
> anymore additional equipment. Last January when I took the 'big step' I
> thought I was building a station that would carry me into the future of
> digital satellites. Hopefully this may still prove true.
>
> Paul Delaney
> kb2shu.ampr.org [44.16.2.46]
> paul.hamradio@verizon.net
> http://gw.linux.kb2shu.ampr.org
> AMSAT # 33558
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Estes Wayne-W10191" <W10191@motorola.com>
> To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
> Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2001 7:48 PM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] AO40 user population
>
>
> > The ARRL reported:
> >
> > Command station team member Stacey Mills, W4SM, says, however, that he's
> puzzled and disappointed by the relatively low numbers of users on AO-40
> during the last month or so.
> >
> > Wayne replies:
> >
> > Here are a few of my thoughts on this matter.
> >
> > 1. There would be far more users if AO40 had a working 144 MHz downlink
> because there are far more hams in the world with 144 MHz equipment than
> with 2400 MHz equipment.
> >
> > 2. Most hams live in areas where buildings and/or trees obstruct a large
> portion of the horizon.  A major problem when the only downlink is 2400
MHz.
> >
> > 3. 2400 Mhz equipment is extremely difficult to obtain in many parts of
> the world.
> >
> > 4. The above factors lead to a "negative momentum" that is
> self-reinforcing.  People get on AO40 less often because there isn't much
> activity.
> >
> > 5. The overall success rate of AO40 systems makes a LOT of hams
reluctant
> to spend ANY money on equipment that can ONLY be used with AO40.
> >
> > Obviously we didn't plan for this outcome, but that's the way it is.  My
> opinion doesn't count for much, but I think that adding 144 MHz capability
> to the next satellite would greatly increase its appeal to the general ham
> population.  And in my opinion, "mass appeal" should be one objective of
the
> next satellite.
> >
> > Wayne Estes W9AE
> >
> > P.S. I plan to financially support Project JJ no matter what its
> capabilities are.
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