[amsat-bb] Re: S band downlink on P3E

Robert McGwier rwmcgwier at comcast.net
Fri Sep 8 11:56:19 PDT 2006


AMSAT is designing these ground station widgets to be sold in our store 
at or near cost or similarly in the TAPR store, etc. or from some 
contract manufacturer.  We fully understand that to be accepted  it 
needs to be as cheap as possible.  We are designing the ground widgets 
because they will need to have very small implementation losses to work 
right and the system needs to work as a system from feed to computer.  
But you are an SSB user so you can ignore the digital widget and operate 
Mode B.

As a person who has been a ham radio operator for over 40 years,  and an 
AMSAT technical contributor since 27 years ago,  people do not get rich 
quick on amateur radio.  They can make a few bucks, but they will kill 
themselves trying to do a really breakout product.    I <<DID>> design a 
killer product for AEA.  I lost my shirt.   If you want to make money on 
what you have learned in amateur radio,  you sell it outside of amateur 
radio.  Amateurs, outside of buying the big rig,  are the absolutely 
cheapest bums in existence.  They would make my Scotch ancestors look 
like spendthrifts.


Eric H. Christensen wrote:
> Who is designing the ground equipment?  It sounds like someone has a  
> get-rich-quick scheme up their sleeve...
> 73s,
> Eric KF4OTN
> kf4otn at amsat.org
> http://www.ericsatcom.net

AMSAT VP Engineering. Member: ARRL, AMSAT-DL, TAPR, Packrats,
"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat.
You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los
Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly
the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there.
The only difference is that there is no cat." - Einstein

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