[amsat-bb] Re: HEO naivete

John B. Stephensen kd6ozh at comcast.net
Sun Feb 8 14:34:58 PST 2009

Ham microwave gear won't reach the manufacturing volume of wireless LAN 
equipment, but the parts used are inexpensve and can be designed into ham 
gear. The level of integration is higher than is acheived in HF equipment so 
complete microwave transceivers could be produced at a lower cost than 
amateur HF transceivers if there was a satellite to create a market.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nate Duehr" <nate at natetech.com>
To: "AMSAT BB" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2009 22:02 UTC
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: HEO naivete

> On Feb 8, 2009, at 12:52 AM, John B. Stephensen wrote:
>> Look at cell phones and wireless LANs to see what microwave
>> equipment can
>> cost.
>> 73,
>> John
> Wireless LAN gear is mass produced by the hundreds of thousands.
> Cell phones are also mass produced, but are subsidized (in the U.S.)
> by the carriers out of subscription fees.  For real prices, look at
> Europe.  Or just look at the 3.1 million dollars that Motorola's
> cellular handset division lost in 2008, according to their annual
> report.
> So keep in mind the price tags you're using as examples, aren't the
> full price, other than WiFi gear, which is produced in such quantity
> that economies of scale are involved.
> Nate WY0X
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