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Re: Mode-B vs Mode-J


You really should try being a satellite fan in a place like South Africa!!

Here we have no off-the-shelf equipment at all! We have two sources of ham
equipment: one is the official Icom agent, which carries virtually no stock
and takes around 6 weeks at best to bring in anything, whilst the other is a
one-man business who handles Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood and MFJ products
primarily. Neither has any satellite accessories. I have now been waiting 7
weeks for the 23cm module for my 910. In order to obtain one of the K5GNA
downconverters I had to wait for someone to travel to the US, purchase it
there and bring it back - Bob will not give banking details or anything else
to South Africa! Our currency is currently at its best exchange rate for
some time - 8:1 to the dollar. I was recently quoted $150 to ship a 23cm M2
yagi worth $199 to South Africa - out of all proportion. I have managed to
acquire one of them through a ham at the American Embassy here. We read
about things like the DB6NT and DEM downconverters and drool - they cost as
much as an average monthly salary here (without shipping)! Yet despite this
I AM ON AO-40, and loving it! No-one ever said getting onto AO-40 would be
easy (or cheap) but since 2 February this year I have managed to work 53
countries and 130 gridsquares. Even managed VP2EAG this morning!! I do not
have automatic tracking yet, but I will get there... it's called
determination - all that matters is to want it badly enough! I dream of
being able to browse ham shops, or attend hamfests where new equipment is
displayed. It will not happen here! We have 10 operators in South Africa on
AO-40. To the best of my knowledge there is no-one on the LEO sats here at
all - ZS6JON and myself experimented with them for a while, and worked each
other but heard no-one else.

It is really quite amusing to hear Stateside operators complain about cost,
time or availability of equipment. I work a 12-14 hour day, and still find
the time to work AO-40. Equipment here is at a premium price, and we have to
pay exhorbitant import costs to get the stuff (even the majority of
components for construction projects are not available locally & have to be
imported) and there is very little local knowledge to fall back on. YET WE

If we can do it here what is the problem there?

Barry ZR6DXB
Johannesburg, South Africa

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Olbrisch" <kd9kc@elp.rr.com>
To: "'Jon Ogden'" <na9d@speakeasy.net>; <kd9kc@elp.rr.com>
Cc: "'Frederick M. Spinner'" <fspinner@hotmail.com>; "_AMSAT_list (E-mail)"
Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2003 5:48 PM
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Mode-B vs Mode-J

> People.
> Jon here is just one example, but there are others.
> Jon, the name ISN'T STEVE.  Not in this message, not in the others either.
> But most folks never read the whole message anyway, so don't worry about
> I am glad you have enough time to build stuff.  I don't.  Maybe when I am
> old and retired too.  And so nice of you to assume your life is the same
> everyone else's.  Ever start a new small-business.  You don't know what
> no-time is.
> Since I quit using AO-40 for being an alligator (Yes, the $200 solution
> works, but not well) and it doesn't seem like anything better is on the
> horizon except building stuff or buying more and more, I am out of here.
> expect I am not the first, nor will I be the last.
> Maybe in the future when I get past this period in life, and I do have the
> time to build, or can afford to buy, I may look to see what has come of
> satellites.  I may be back, or maybe not.  No matter, I am just one person
> who is tired of the same cycle.
> To K5OE and the others who have been helpful, thanks.  If I decide to sell
> the 13 ULNA I built but didn't have time to install, I will let you know.
> That goes for the bigger dish, the copper wire for the helix, and all the
> other stuff too.  Maybe even the Yaesu G-5400B and the new-in-box labjack.
> To those of you who have nothing to say except stop sleeping and build,
> enjoy.  You drove another op away.  Big help to AMSAT you are!
> This will be my last message on the list.
> We're outta here.  HF covers more than 1/2 the world anyway.  Good luck
> getting new members.
> BTW, DM-61 has just become a rare grid.  With my quitting satellites, the
> last active satellite station in the grid is now  -GONE-
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Jon Ogden [mailto:na9d@speakeasy.net]
> > Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2003 2:26 PM
> > To: kd9kc@elp.rr.com
> > Cc: 'Frederick M. Spinner'
> > Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Mode-B vs Mode-J
> >
> >
> > Steve,
> >
> > We have the time for what we want to do.  Period.
> ----
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