[amsat-bb] dumbest questions in the world

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Sat Nov 7 13:01:14 UTC 2015

It's not perfect and needs some additions and updates, but here is a
resource: http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=177

You may also consider the Getting Started book from AMSAT, which can be had
as a free download with AMSAT membership, or purchased in hard copy from the
store at

73, Drew KO4MA

-----Original Message-----
From: AMSAT-BB [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of KG4BYN - Ben
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2015 11:11 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] dumbest questions in the world

ok, these are, indeed, the dumbest questions for you folks, because i've
determined you all ARE the experts.  i'm a 60+ year old ham. never worked
the birds, but have always been fascinated.  yup typical story, right?  our
local, somewhat, non-existent radio club had someone (not from around here)
provide a very brief demonstration one saturday morning in a walmart parking
lot - circa 2001.  needless to say that was a LONG time ago.  most of my
hamming has been cw, with a rare ssb qso.  
i got burned out on 2m/70cm, early on (many years ago), howver...i've got my
vhf/gear and antennas updated for some sat work.  MY MAJOR PROBLEM is
_/where/_ can i find downlink/uplink freqs for the fm birds with
transponders.  to be honest, i'd be darned happy to just to RECEIVE a cw
beacon or even some packet via rig and soundcard.  i've weeded through tons
of websites, tons of threads on this bb...and am STILL having a difficult
time finding the info for what i want.  i'm a dinosaur (OLD) and and
recovering from extremely severe colon cancer surgery, BUT i'm looking to
broaden my horizons/hobby.  also a link to a DECENT free tracking program
with updating pass predictions would be helpful, too.  i have a refurb pc
notebook in the shack for this project.  yes, i've heard of google, and yes,
i've read darned near everything i can find...but the more i read, the more
confused this old guys gets.  feel free to answer me via private email so as
not to clutter this mailing list...which HAS provided great info, but also,
sadly,  adds to my confusion.  at least, i've got the doppler effect problem
reasonably figured out.  sorry for the long email and stupid questions.  i
originally wasn't going to send it, but i figured i gotta start someplace.

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