[amsat-bb] dumbest questions in the world

Dave Remnant dave.remnant at ntlworld.com
Sat Nov 7 14:14:03 UTC 2015


I have been using satellites for a very long time and I got overwhelmed by
the amount of information about all the new satellite launches that have
been occurring this year and are planned in the near future.

So for the sake of collating this into one cohesive place I created a
spreadsheet which I have attached (If it doesn't appear on the BB I'll be
happy to send it direct). 

Anyone can use it and if there are any errors or omissions then please feel
free to pass them back to me.

Please note this was created for my interest in satellites that have voice
capability. If they have telemetry or data capability it is shown. What this
list does NOT include is the data only satellites as I have not interest
personally in data only and wanted to keep this list as simple as possible.

If anything is unclear or if you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Best 73 de Dave M0SAT (IO91TP)

-----Original Message-----
From: AMSAT-BB [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of KG4BYN - Ben
Sent: 07 November 2015 04:11
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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