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Re: Communication thru P5-A

First, http://www.amsat-dl.org/p5a/p5a-to-mars.pdf was the PDF you quoted 
from not http://www.amsat-dl.org/p5a/p5a-weaksignal.pdf .  You didn't read 
either is my guess.  

P5A-weaksignal tells how the largest possible group of Hams can use Phase 
5-A.  it has few if any numeric references of importance to P5-A use.  
Whereas p5a-to-mars has most of the numbers you mention and more about the 
spacecraft, etc.  It's worth a read!

Second, you had to look up it's location!  Soon it will be a morning star and 
as we approach April 2003 it will be easily viewed and the largest it's been 
in half a century! 

At least now you see a need for only a 65 foot (20 meter) dish.

--Chris Vancil

In a message dated 8/27/02 11:41:27 AM EST, cvn65vf94@msn.com writes:

> Hello Chris.
>  <<Yes, Robert I do know the distance and location of Mars at this very 
>  moment
>  without looking it up.  Do you?  <<
>  Yeap Mars is on the other side of the sun right now...aka it has just come 
>  from being as far away as it gets.
>  A am quite confident that an Amateur MArs probe is going nowhere.  But you 
>  ought to read the article I posted.
>  Do you know how many 100 wattt 10 ghz transmitters have flown?  And they 
>  only going to get 50 watts or so out of it at Mars.  That means that the 
>  "subset" of hams that would be hearing it much less decoding data from it 
>  probably in single digits.
>  And of course that assumes that the manage to three axis stabilize it and 
>  get a finer touch on propulsion then AO-40 has demonstrated.
>  In the meantime I will dream of my own 20 meter dish antenna in the 
>  backyard.
>  Robert WB5MZO
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