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Re: AO-40



Hi George,

Right now there is only one FM bird working on a regular basis, SO-50. A
true dualband HT and something like an Arrow antenna will get you going on
it, and on Echo when launched, as well as any other FM sats that may appear
or reappear. The important thing is being able to hear well, meaning a
pointable gain antenna for the UHF downlink. UO-14 is unfortunately out of
commission. With SSB you'd also be able to work AO-7 and FO-29.

If you already have 2m and 435 SSB, Ao-40 would be about as easy. Most
everyone uses a downconverter at the antenna that converts 2401 to 145 or
something your 2m receive will tune. K5GNA sells the best for the money in
my opinion, see http://members.aol.com/k5gna/ for details on the D/C.
www.g6lvb.com , http://members.aol.com/k5oe/ , and www.ultimatecharger.com
also deserve a thorough read through.

Also, seriously consider joining AMSAT (www.amsat.org) if you are not
already a member.... You'll get the journal, and help support new satellites
like Echo and Eagle....

Good Luck....

73, Drew KO4MA


----- Original Message -----
From: "George Yazzolino" <kc7hkp@teleport.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2003 11:56 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-40


> Hi there.
>
> I am new to the list and satellite work and would like to try FM birds
first
> then AO-40. I was thinking of buying a wide receive receiver to get
2400MHZ.
> I have 2M and 440M SSB radio already. does any one else use a Yeasu or
Icom
> type receiver to work the Sat's
> also is UO-14 and SO-50 the only easy birds up there right now that work
FM
> ?
>
> thanks
>
> P. George Yazzolino
> 14801 NE 20 Circle
> Vancouver, Wa. 98684
> KC7HKP, Grid  CN-85
> (360) 885-0981
>
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