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RE: Mode-B vs Mode-J



Amen, Jon!

I've spent under $100 to put together my downlink.  

Spent: 

$65 for the converter, with power supply, 
$ 5 for hardware that I didn't have around the house, 
$ 9 for the 1/8" copper line that I used to build my helix (using what's
left for other projects)
$10 for coax that I didn't have lying around.

$89 total.  I got lucky with the dish.  While on vacation, we visited my
brother-in-law who had an old PrimeStar dish in his yard that he was happy
to part with for no cost.  If I'd had to pay for one, these can easily be
found on eBay for around $40, including shipping.

If it hadn't been for the low cost, the XYL would have gone through the
roof, instead of just the ceiling. ;)

73 de N8AU, Jim in Raymore, MO



-----Original Message-----
From: Jon Ogden [mailto:na9d@speakeasy.net] 
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2003 8:01 PM
To: kd9kc@elp.rr.com
Cc: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Mode-B vs Mode-J


Steve,

First of all, I know you are a good conservative American.  The 
conservative political philosophy is rooted in the fact that you can be 
better and that America is the land of opportunity and whatever you can 
dream you can do.  Maybe that's not just a conservative philosophy but 
is common to all of us regardless of political bent  :-).

So why not apply that same philosophy to ham radio?  For crying out 
loud.  To get on Mode S, you only need to spend about $150 or less!  To 
get on mode U/V you need a lot more.  Both need an all mode radio.  
Both need a UHF antenna.  But a good 2m CP satellite antenna bought new 
costs a lot more than $150.

The concept that microwaves can't be done cheaply is just not that 
accurate.  I agree that as you add band on band on band, then it makes 
a difference and it adds up.  But if you are a sat op, you've generally 
already got boatloads of money in your station anyhow unless you just 
operate UO-14 with an HT and an arrow.

73,

Jon
NA9D

On Thursday, Jun 19, 2003, at 17:25 America/Chicago, Mike Olbrisch 
wrote:

> Here go the $$$ again.  Mode-S.  Mode-L.  Mode-X.  Mode-K.
>
> Mode-RICHMANSHOBBY.  Mode-GOODBY.
>
> Great way to bring in the fresh newcomers and keep the fixed-income 
> old timers.  Make them spend lots of $$$ on new stuff.  Works EVERY 
> time.
-------------------------------------
Jon Ogden
NA9D (ex: KE9NA)

Citizen of the People's Democratic Republik of Illinois

Life Member: ARRL, NRA
Member:  AMSAT, DXCC

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"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
                                                                         
        - Oscar Wilde

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