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Re: FM on ssb/cw designed hamsats



Hi all

I have been following  the debate. the problem is I am alright Jack!
If we want to encourage newcomers into satellites, FM is the ideal vehicle! 
On the African continent the number of Amateurs who have  SSB VHF equipment 
is very low, mainly due to extremely high cost of equipment. In many 
countries there is no local supplier which means a long winded and difficult 
import process.

So FM has a place in satellites. If we look at the number of votes Africa 
has at the ITU we are well advised to develop interest in amateur radio. 
Satellites still have some magic so 2m FM birds is a small sacrifice for us 
others.

Needless to say that the satellite SA AMSAT is building (part payload with a 
Department of Science and Technology Project ) will offer 2m up and 70cm 
down, plus a 2m parrot repeater> Launch: December 2006. Part of the project 
is a low cost 70cm receive converter.

My penny's worth

Hans ZS6AKV
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Achim Vollhardt" <avollhar@physik.unizh.ch>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Friday, November 25, 2005 10:36 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] FM on ssb/cw designed hamsats


> Hello all,
> I think I have to clarify an important point here, which has been missed:
>
> Hamsats are *not* a service to 'customers'.. they are experimental amateur
> radio projects, which should encourage experiments and increase technical
> expertise of radio amaters.
>
> FM is neither experimental nor does it require any operator to beef up its
> skills or station.. if you are not capable to work an SSB transponder,
> just wait for the next FM sat pass, there are plenty around. But if you
> are really willing to invest something (and here I speak about time and
> brains as SSB rigs are second-hand cheaply available), you will be
> delighted by this experience and the support you will get by fellow
> operators.
>
> My two cents... flaming? Yes please, HB9 ist getting freezy right now :)
>
> 73s Achim, DH2VA/HB9DUN
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