[amsat-bb] 10m band kibitzing

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun Sep 10 09:17:40 PDT 2006

> In the San Diego meeting, there was discussion about using 
> the V, U, L, S, C and X bands. The spacecaft is too small 
> for a decent HF antenna...

I hate to suggest this low tech approach, but we do have plenty
of uplink bandwidth in the 10 meter band if we could find a way
to use it.  I know that most of the future thinking AMSAT
engineers abhor this idea.... But it is still something to think

While an HF -gain- antenna cannot fit on a HEO satellite, a
simple 10m dipole could be deployed...  The main advantage is
the users can use high power on the  uplink.
Lets assume users with a 500W transmitter and the link equation:

PR = PT + GT + GR -LI - LS

PT - power transmitted on the ground is say 500W = 57 dBm

GT - Gain of transmitter Ant is say 6 dB?  (3 element beam)

GR - Gain of satellite receive antenna is 0 dB?

LI - is say 3 dB to cover all losses in the system

LS - is (4Pi*R/wavelength) squared = -154 dB

PR - is then 57+6+0-3-154 = -94 dBm

That is a pretty strong signal, but it is the Signal to Noise
ratio that counts.  And the problem is the GALACTIC AND other
NOISE...  It's just as high up there as it is here, and  That
can be as high as 20 dB ??? Over the noise floor of the
satellite receiver? (someone more knowledgible here please fill
this in.).  If it is 20 dB of galactic noise, then the receiver
noise floor might be more like -105dbM and now we just barely
have a 10 dB margin over noise.

I just don't know whether it is worth doing.  We had hopped that
the HF uplink on PCSAT2 would have given us good info.  But the
transponder failed and so we still have no experience with 10m
uplinks.  It would be nice to do some more expermeintating with
the 10m uplink receiver on AO-51 some time...

But one thing is certain, NO ONE is targeting the 10m band for
consumer electroncis devices other than all the ILLEGAL CB
operations.  I just don't know how bad that is.  In the solar
max, it will probably be a ZOO!!!  But maybe they will stay down
at 27 MHz and leave 10m alone.  Especially if we go after the
10m interlopers with a vengence...

Maybe just like HAM radio, the "HF-ers" are finding it easier to
just play on the internet than mess with all that "RF" stuff...

Just babbling and thinking out loud.

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