[amsat-bb] Financial arguments about full duplex

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Wed Jun 29 20:58:23 UTC 2016


When it comes to being creative in the face of little or no access
to equipment, one example to remember is how Hector - CO6CBF
at the time in 2012 and 2013, now also W5CBF - scrounged to get
equipment and parts together to work satellites. For Hector in
2012 living in Cuba, even a $30 Baofeng radio was out of reach -
nobody sells them in Cuba, and with a monthly income for most
Cubans around US$20 to US$25/month even that radio is a luxury.

If you'd like to see what Hector did to put together his station,
he gave a presentation at the 2012 AMSAT Symposium in Orlando.
The video of his presentation is at:


The slideshow that was displayed on the screen during Hector's
2012 talk is available at:


This is ingenuity and creativity taken to a high level, out of

Hector gave another presentation at the 2013 AMSAT Symposium
in Houston on a slightly different topic. You can see that video at:


and the slideshow is at:


I am sensitive to hams who say that costs are an issue when
trying to get on the satellites. I also remind myself, and other
hams, that there are ways to get on the air when someone wants
to make it happen.


Twitter: @WD9EWK

On Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 11:18 PM, Michael <Mat_62 at charter.net> wrote:

> I know full well what it's like to be on a budget and not have a lot of
> disposable income to spend on radio. I'm not a wealthy person by any
> stretch of the imagination. I've known a few hams in my lifetime who could
> spend what they wanted when they wanted to on radio. Unfortunately, most of
> us are not that lucky.

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