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Re: presentation for hamfest

I totally agree with Mark: that is the sort of thing that those of us just 
starting into the amateur satellite can benefit greatly from knowing.

When I first started looking skyward shortly after getting my ham license (in 
August last year), what I read on contacting the ISS had me thinking I needed 
a 2m rig with 25-50W RF output and a circular polarized cross-beam yagi 
antenna.  Imagine my surprise when a local ham I was talking with told me he 
had worked the ISS using just a handheld!  I have since gotten my hands on 25W 
rigs but still no yagi: time and money are in very short supply for me at the 
moment, so I have not been able to attain to a simple yagi, let alone a 
complex as specified on the ARISS web site.

Now all I need to do to start into the exciting world of amateur satellite is 
to get co-ordinated with the birds that fly over my head!  Unfortunately, 
spare time is scarce, so co-ordinating for a contact may take a while...


Mark Vandewettering wrote:
> On Mar 15, 2008, at 2:29 PM, Wayne Estes wrote:
>> Bob Bruninga wrote:
>> The #1 point I make at hamfests are:
>> 1) You dont need special antennas
>> 2) You dont need elevation rotators
>> 3) You dont need tracking software
>> 4) Just operate from your mobile FM or APRS rig anytime you are
>> commuting or otherwise in the car.
>> Wayne replies:
>> I'm amused at your presumption that all hams have a mobile ham radio  
>> and spend a great deal of time in their car.
> I think it's a fair guess that more of them have mobiles than have alt- 
> az rotors driving large antenna arrays.   Bob's point (and it's a good  
> one) is that you don't need that kind of equipment to work satellites
> and have fun, and it _is_ a message that bears repeating.
> If you look at The Radio Amateur's Satellite Handbook, you might not
> even realize that you can work satellites that way.   It'll tell you  
> all about helix antennas and stuff that you might be able to use on
> birds which are no longer active, or which might be active in the
> future, but really doesn't tell you very much about working FM birds
> in the obvious, inexpensive and fun way that I enjoy: QRP with a
> handheld Yagi. I've worked from Hawaii to Maine, Manitoba to Socoros
> Island.  It's really a hoot.    I've also bounced APRS packets off
> NO-44 and the ISS using just 5w into the mag mount whip on top
> of my car.
> It's a blast.  It's gotten me excited about satellites.  It made me a  
> member of AMSAT.
> Check out the ARRL handbook chapter on space communications.   You'll
> see a great deal about satellites that no longer fly, and microwave  
> modes that are only part time on AO-51.  It's really shameful that  
> absolutely no mention of the fun of operating satellites mobile and
> QRP is made in the premier publication of the ARRL.
> Bob's message is a good one: you probably _can_ work sats, without a
> huge investment of time, without a fixed ground station, without  
> computer controlled doppler, without 17 element antennas.   If anyone 
> is even faintly interested, they can do it.   I think they need to
 > hear that.
> 	Mark KF6KYI
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