[amsat-bb] Financial arguments about full duplex

Ronald G. Parsons w5rkn at w5rkn.com
Wed Jun 29 21:24:23 UTC 2016

After looking through Hector's slideshow below, I was left with great awe. 
This slideshow should be seen by every high school radio club. High school 
students can be very resourceful when a high goal is in front of them, even 
though funds are tight, as they almost always are.

I think three of my favorite events in my ham radio "career" have been with 
three ARISS satellite events -- a middle school with MIR, an elementary 
school with ISS, and a high school when Richard Garriott W5KWQ, was on the 

Kodos to Hector and to all who helped him. Again, I am in awe.



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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

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