[amsat-bb] Re: Greetings from a new op - help me wet these feet

Eric Christensen eric at christensenplace.us
Tue Feb 20 14:33:51 PST 2007

Welcome to the group, Jonny!

You should take a look at the AMSAT website (www.amsat.org) and click on
the "New to Satellites?" link on the left-hand side of the page.  This
will bring you to an area of the website that has documents for folks
new to the amateur satellites.

It appears you have all you need to start working some of the LEO (Low
Earth Orbit) satellites.  I'd try for AO-51 and see how that works for
you.  You could probably use an omni-directional antenna but don't
expect it to work 100%.  Directional antennas are definitely the best
and will be necessary for the HEO (High Earth Orbit) satellites that are
coming up.

Frequencies for each of the satellites are located on the AMSAT website
as well.  If you have any questions feel free to ask on the BB!

Eric W4OTN (ex KF4OTN)
AMSAT Member 35360
AMSAT Area Coordinator

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Jonny 290 wrote:
> Hi, KC4YLV here and it's been a dream of mine ever since I was a young kid
> to get on the amateur satellites.
> Well, close to two decades later and I can finally start dabbling with it.
> Can anybody give me a primer as to what the hottest satellites are right
> now? It unfortunately seems as though a lot of the info
> on the amateur satellites is outdated or at least 2, more often 5 years ore
> older. Given the lifespan-limited nature of our precious birds,
> it's really tough for me to figure out just what's still operating and
> what's gone. The mailing list seems dynamic and gives me hope -
> I know Amateur Radio is declining somewhat and wanted to be reassured that
> the birds are still being used and experimented with.
> I have 40 watts of all-mode 2m TX, 55 watts of 2m/70cm FM TX, and extra
> receivers (unfortunately I do not have 435 SSB capability but am
> working on that angle presently). I'm also set up for packet via MixW and
> can build whatever interfaces I'd need for that angle - I am quite
> interested
> in playing with digital modes.
> I've found plans for 'eggbeaters' and 'texas potato mashers' and feel that I
> would like to get started with omni antennas before I worry about gain
> antennas and tracking. Am I going to have enough ERP to have fun, or will I
> just be disappointed?
> Also, can anybody clue me in to the status of any high orbit or molniya
> satellite projects? the phase 3e pages seem to be dormant, have conflicting,
> or sometimes incorrect info.
> 73,
> Matt
> em26
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