[amsat-bb] The Moon is our Future

MM ka1rrw at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 2 10:17:04 PDT 2009

Hi James:

I am in favor of any band that has the desired results.  I just used the 2/440 bands as the opener.  Remember the higher in frequency the less affordable the system becomes and the fewer Amateur Radio operators and Short Wave listeners will have access to those frequencies.  We do not want to design a system that only 2 people can afford.

Uplink to the Moon with an antenna system that would cost less than $1000 USD.
Receive from the Moon with an Antenna system that would cost less than $1000 USD.
An Off the Shelf transceiver system that cost less than $2000 USD.

With a properly designed repeater and properly selected Amateur Radio bands, it should be possible to meet these goals.  I have seen some project proposals for ISS for example, that when reviewed it was discovered that no one could afford the project (2 megabit fast TV, the link budget, Antenna, Receiver requirement and precision rotor made the project only affordable by a government).  

If we are going to seriously think about a Moon repeater, we need to make sure the Earth stations are practical and affordable.

It would also be helpful if we had more Amateur Radio band with ITU approved Satellite segments.  Anyone interested in going to the next WARC meeting to petition for downlink access to 1.2 Gig and wider band access on 70cm.

Thanks Miles WF1F MarexMG.org

--- On Thu, 7/2/09, James French <w8iss at wideopenwest.com> wrote:

> From: James French <w8iss at wideopenwest.com>
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: The Moon is our Future
> To: "AMSAT-BB" <AMSAT-BB at amsat.org>
> Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 12:30 PM
> On Thu, 2009-07-02 at 10:52 -0500, tosca005 at umn.edu
> wrote:
> > As far as the dreaming goes, wouldn't an L/S
> transponder be better than a 
> > V/U or U/V transponder? Granted, the path loss is
> greater, but the antenna 
> > gain is easier to produce...
> Miles,
> Why not use a L/s, U/L. or a U/s transponder for this?
> Why limit ourselves to V/u for everything?
> Aren't we supposed to 'experiment' with the higher
> frequencies we have
> allocated?
> Its in the AMSAT by-laws to support the higher
> frequencies.
> >From the AMSAT-NA by-laws Section three, subsection E:
> Encouraging the more effective and expanded use of the
> higher frequency
> amateur radio frequency bands.
> This would mean smaller antennas with MUCH better gain and
> beamwidth.
> I vote in favor of at least a L/s transponder for this.
> James W8ISS
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