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Re: AO-40 user population

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----- Original Message -----
From: Adam L. Mendelson <adam@mendelson.cc>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2001 12:04 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO-40 user population

> This is from a true newbie trying to get started with satelittes.  To
> it out, I have never heard a bird and have yet to even attempt to contact
> one.  As the station is still a ways away form being up and running.
> I am new to HAM and new to sattelites.  I heard about them this summer and
> being in the field of communications and always being interested in the
> world beyond the ionosphere i decided to give all this a try.  I did some
> basic reading went and took my technicians exam a few months ago and got
> ticket.  Now to build a shack for VHF/UHF sattelite operations, initialy I
> have choosen analog comms.
> Now for the daunting process of desingning a truly capable
> groundstation/shack.  This is where things have really started to let the
> setup drag.  So many possibilities so many options.  Everything I had read
> said the AO-40(Phase3D) would be the bird of choice for newbies. So I plan
> my initial setup around AO-40 and add the capabilities of a few others
> as well.
> I have taken the approach of having known goods, to baseline my
> capabilities.  This means I have spent a significant amount of money on my
> new groundstation.  I know that I can homebrew alot of what I need and
> a fair amount.  I decided till I could make good contact on a regular
> under optimal conditions, that I should not introduce potential questions
> that I am not capable of solving at this time.  So I bought a good rig,
> antennas, premade low loss coax...... etc.  You get the picture.
> Mode S is where I am still stumbling.  I am finding it difficult to find
> preassembled complete mode S solutions.  I can find all sorts of
> and instructions and everything I need to build this.  I will press on as
> am committed and determined to hear this bird and hear myself on this
> I dont beleive the outlay of cash, time, and effort has exceed that of
> seting up a good HF shack.  I have contemplated just switching toHF to
> money, but realized that i wouldn't and would not be as interesting.
> In summary getting started on sat's is a daunting task to the newcomer.
> What I would have liked to see more than anything, was more easily
> information on the AMSAT website.  I believe I have spent 50% more time
> trying to locate the information I need than I should have.  Mode S makes
> things more complex than not, as this equipment is not as readily
> Nothing good does nt come without the labor and love of time time and
> passion.
> This is a great hobby, and I look forward to working the birds and hearing
> some of you for the first time.  Do not be discouraged.  Newbiew like
> will make it.  We just need time to get their , and a bit of luck.
> 73's
> Adam KG4PES
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