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Re: International Space Station mode (fwd)

My point is to use the right equipment for the job. If what you are using doesn't work, make or get something that does. Don't complain the satellite is too weak, or suggest a reconfiguration of another whole satellite just to make a inefficient station work.

I do not agree that you need 10-20 watts, or that you must have elevation rotors or even big antennas. There are lots of people using Echo everyday on small inexpensive beams, or omnidirectional antennas with a preamp. Find out what people that are making contacts are using instead of trying to get by with a setup that doesn't work. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity!

Satellite ham radio is one of those things where you get out of it what you put into it. A little bit of effort in the choice and application of equipment and operating procedures goes a very long ways to making it a very enjoyable experience. I want everyone to be able to use the satellites, but AMSAT can't do it all for you. There has to be some effort from the user end.

73, and good DX, 
Drew KO4MA

-----Original Message-----
From: Fabio Roccatagliata <roccaf@gmail.com>
Sent: Jan 28, 2005 9:30 AM
To: Andrew Glasbrenner <glasbrenner@mindspring.com>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] International Space Station mode (fwd)

On base setup you have to care about the cable losses and the location
in itself.
Working a sat with an handheld doesn't mean you will be able to do the
same from your base station just because you have a better gain
antenna or whatever.
I can't hear AO51 at 0.5W with my vertical UHF antenna and low loss
cable even if you did it using your handheld.
Common setup needs directional antennas with elevation possibility and
10-20W minimum.


> This is simply not true! I've been working a station everyday this week on a
> cruise ship operating with a handheld radio with a extendable whip antenna
> on his end. I've been using a mobile rig and 1/4 wave whip on the uplink,
> and a 4 element beam held out the car window on the downlink.  How much less
> "equipped" can you get?
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