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RE: big RUGGED dish



That's a great looking dish. Hope to hear you on AO40 in the near future.

Gary Gonnella W6RYO
http://www.w6ryo.com
 



> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
> Behalf Of JoAnne Maenpaa
> Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 11:26 AM
> To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] big RUGGED dish
> 
> 
> Wayne wrote ...
> > Wow, that dish looks like it could survive a nuclear holocaust.
> 
> It was "one of those deals" where the phone rings and I got
> the message that a brand-new, still-in-the-box satellite dish
> was declared surplus.  The original company bought it to 
> interconnect their branch offices and then found out that the
> terrestrial internet could also do this for them.
> 
> > ... building an az/el mount so you can point that dish at 
> > the planned P3E orbit.  
> 
> The mounting base came with an "Armstrong" method of az-el.
> I'm exploring my options (www.ultimatecharger.com, et al).
> Open to lots of ideas at this point :-)
> 
> > I hope your tree obstructions aren't as bad as they appear 
> > in the photographs.
> 
> Ummm, yes they are.  I like living in the woods.  When I
> bought the place 13 years ago I didn't see microwave ham
> radio in my future ;-)  There are a few holes in the
> tree canopy but I'm pretty much in the middle of a forest
> of 100 year old oak trees.
> 
> It does look like fall and winter will be the preferred
> propagation months from my QTH, doesn't it?
> 
> > I don't have a big dish ...
> 
> I have a 30cm dish that I got for the hauling away of.  I
> think this will be a good start on a semi-portable L- and
> S-band satellite station.  My mom's house about a mile
> away has a nice patio with almost 100% clear view across
> the southern sky.  Yes, she's used to my radios ... I even
> carry a dual-band HT in my purse on occasion.
> 
> > The trees to my east are not so dense, so I can hear the 
> > satellite "almost okay".
> 
> I'm not a microwave expert and just a beginning microwave
> hacker so I can't predict if the advertised 38.5 dBi gain 
> of the dish is enough to overcome the trees.  There are
> likely some points of diminishing returns.  Oh well, I'll
> fire that thing up and figure out what I can hear.
> 
> 
> 73 de JoAnne WB9JEJ
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