[amsat-bb] Re: How to build your ownSputnik

Roger Kolakowski rogerkola at aol.com
Fri Nov 16 08:29:28 PST 2007

Just a thought on the Balloon...here in the Northeast US, a lot of Auto
Dealerships put them up on weekends...tethered of course...

A little smooth talk, i.e. sponsorship of a school math/science program
using their name, might let them tie the "satellite" to it. I'm sure that
they eventually don't have them professionally launched but one guy in the
dealership becomes the "satellite guy."

Build the coffee can, put a "simplex repeater" in it on one of the FRS
frequencies (legal?) and let the kids have a go at it with their FRS walkies
for the weekend. The FRS repeater can't be legal but you get the idea ;-)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "George Henry" <ka3hsw at earthlink.net>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2007 10:55 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: How to build your ownSputnik

> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Dave Aitch <dave at g1ocn.com>
> >Sent: Nov 16, 2007 3:43 AM
> >To: Howard Long <howard at howardlong.com>, amsat-bb at amsat.org
> >Subject: [amsat-bb]  How to build your ownSputnik
> >
> >Top man Howard !
> >
> >How about a balloon tethered event with your device ?
> >
> >73, Dave.
> >
> That would be a very impressive demo!
> Here in the US, it would have to have provisions to ID, just like a
terrestrial repeater, if it were flown below 50 kM, though.  (that may even
be an ITU requirement... not sure)
> Excellent work on the build, Howard!  Looks every bit the "official"
Cubesat.  I was thinking along the lines of a large coffee can, although it
wouldn't lend itself to mounting of the solar panels as well as your cube
frame does.  Could still work as the "core" of either a cube or hexagonal
> 73,
> George, KA3HSW
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