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Re: First Baby steps



Paul,

Gee... I guess it depends upon if you have any goals.
What radio and antenna do you have?
Sats like ISS,AO-27,UO-51 are LEO sats in FM modes.
A Handy-Talkie can be used with something like an Arrow antenna.
I would start listening around to what you can hear with what you already 
have. Satellite tracking is a MUST!
If you have a TNC or TNC Soundcard software for 1200 baud, you could
digipeat packets via the International Space Station. UI-View or APRS 
recommended.
You have a lot of options and satellites!
I would concentrate on antennas.
Hope to see you on the birds!

73, Scott
Salinas, Ca.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Lane KC9EYE" <kc9eye@dopplerexpress.net>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 4:39 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] First Baby steps


> Hello All,
> I have not communicated through a satellite as yet, but I was wondering if
> you fine people could answer a few of my questions. I am looking to start
> communicating on the satellites. From reading various articles and papers 
> on
> the subject, I have found that most agree that full duplex operation is 
> not
> only the best way to go, but sometimes the only way to go. So, with this
> being said I am interested in obtaining a station receiver, with the
> capability of receiving signals from the sats. Namely the ability to 
> receive
> signals in the vhf/uhf range in various modes (ssb,cw,fm,am). I am sure 
> that
> you know what I'm talking about. I recently read an article in QST by Rick
> Rogers (An Economical Satellite Staion), and was interested in what you
> thought of his choice in station receiver. I beleive it was an Icom
> PCR-1000. I think this is a computer defined radio. I was wondering if
> anyone had ideas about a stand alone receiver. Thanks for your patience, 
> as
> I have not been a ham for a long time, I am not to keen on the available
> radios and their pros and cons. I would like to start small and gradually
> build this station. I think just listening to the sats for a time on the
> receiver would benifit my eventually operating through them.
> Thanks
>
> P. Lane
> KC9EYE
> Indiana, USA
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