[amsat-bb] Re: First week as a satellite newbie
Gordon JC Pearce MM3YEQ
gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Wed Nov 19 07:19:07 PST 2008
Bryan Green wrote:
> This is fun. It's inspiring! I keep imagining the science curriculum
> that could be written around this! I want to show it to my high-school
> age cousins!
It's great, isn't it?
> Of course, I aspire to a lovely ground station with a wonderful
> computer-controlled high-power VHF/UHF transceiver and a fabulous
> antenna array mounted on rotors on a tower. But this manual operation
> makes it fun! I walk around outside on the sidewalk, moving the tripod
> so it has the best view of the pass. I make a complete fool of myself
> as I juggle the HT, the notebook with coordinates, the flashlight, and
> my cellphone to check the time. (Note to self: petition Icom to put a
> clock chip in their HTs -- obvious?) What a hoot!
Heh. I think handheld operation is the best, especially if you get a
couple of good clear passes and AO-51 in QRP mode. While I'd like to
have a whole load of steerable aerials and all the goodies, standing
there with a handheld and a homebrew cross dipole just seems more
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