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Re: Re: Satellite Inquiry



Dave,
I got on AO-40 for less than $300.00 I built my own up converter 2M to 70cm,
used and old LNA retune to 2.4 GHz and a Conifer MDS converter some one gave
me. A 2M to 24 MHz second down converter , a H.F. receiver that was given to
me because it didn't work, a 10 Turn helix on a six foot step ladder, and an
old Primestar dish on a speaker tripod ( 2 for $ 79.00) You just need to be
resourceful.
If you want on the air, "right now", you will spent upwards of $5000.00 and
three days of your time trying to understand how to use and set up your
software and hardware. Now that is cool if you have the money and you like
to play computer geek.

Think about this, A 2.4 GHz system on a 2" dish that you can take anywhere
and work a satellite. Just run the kep's and be ready at the right time.
Build it your self, impress your friends, and if it is needed in an
emergency, you know enough about it to make the necessary repairs.
HRO does have immediate repair service for emergency communications
equipment yet!

Art, KC6UQH
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave G." <dmg@bossig.com>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 8:10 AM
Subject: Re:[amsat-bb] Satellite Inquiry


> Hi Art (KC6UQH)
>
> With all due respect, I feel I must stick my nose in here and
> give my 2 cents worth...
> I must state that I am in 100% agreement with Domenico's point
> of view,  especially with regard to the following two
> statements from his email ....
>
> PART ONE...
> > In other words the satellite should comply with the
> > existing radio ham tecnology and not (that) the radio hams
> must be
> > forced to commercially comply with the satellite tecnology
> > because if the satellite fail than your very costly
> > equipments are useless for years if not for ever.
> although I see nothing wrong with promoting and encouraging
> the development of advanced technology..
>
> PART TWO
> > Actually if I like to communicate via satellite for more
> > than 10 seconds I have to switch back to spark CW or SSB
> > via the old OSCAR-7 or FO-29
> Of course, looking at it in a slightly different light, CW is
> the basic form of digital communication !!
>
> Be that as it may... pushing the technological envelope is
> fine for those that have the time, resources, money, interest
> and inclination. More power to them!!
>
> But what or where is the problem with accommodating those of
> us, who use our U/V HT's with hand held antennae and using
> our HF rigs with outboard converters and/or transverters.
>
> My city back yard (15 meters by 16 meters), surrounded by
> cable TV lines, power / telephone lines and old growth trees
> pushes my envelope enough, thank you ---  :-\  My horizon
> starts at +22 degrees !! And I'm not in the financial
> position of being able to relocate :-(
>
> No insults intended to anybody :-)
>
> 73 de
> --
> Dave G,  KK7SS
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