[amsat-bb] Re: The Moon is our Future

Tony Langdon vk3jed at gmail.com
Thu Jul 2 18:12:01 PDT 2009

At 03:17 AM 7/3/2009, MM wrote:

>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.

V/U are the bands with the _most_ expensive antenna requirements, 
because of the sheer size of the arrays required on both ends.  L/S 
would be much cheaper, and particularly the S side is nowadays well 
supported, just have to enlarge those dishes a bit.

In years gone by, I would never have been able to operate a HEO on 2m 
and 70cm.  However, microwave bands were more practical at the 
time.  Even now, I still believe a HEO would work better for me on 
microwaves, because of the more modest mechanical requirements.  I 
don't have the mechanical skills to hoist large antenna arrays into 
the sky.  A small dish?  That's much more likely. :)

73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL

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