[amsat-bb] Re: Let's Go!

Michael Tondee mat_62 at netcommander.com
Wed Oct 14 13:16:23 PDT 2009

I'm getting back into FM LEO's and setting up a station. I will actually 
be using a 70cm HT to receive the downlink but I'll be in a base station 
configuration. I have no desire to operate portable or "out in the yard" 
with a hand held Arrow or similar antenna. The use of the HT is out of 
financial necessity. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against portable 
operation and I think the manufacturers should support it. It's just not 
for me.
 What I would really like to see someone come out with commercially is 
something along the lines of the Genesis SDR HF radio kits. If you 
haven't seen them, it's a kit for an SDR all mode QRP 40 meter HF radio.
 I'd like to see a kit for or even a prebuilt all mode 5 watt 2m/70cm 
SDR  satellite radio. That would be cool to me.
 I know there are SDR groups out there. I wonder if anyone has anything 
like that in the works?
Michael, W4HIJ
Jeff Davis wrote:
> I want to offer 'hearty congratulations' to the BOD for the courageous
> decisions made at the recent Space Symposium. I can think of no
> headline more appropriate and welcome for this organization than the
> declaration, "We're going back to space".
> Perhaps this decision to move forward with what we can do will also be
> what was needed to get the manufacturers to quit sitting on their
> hands and INNOVATE!
> How many threads have been spawned on this BB by someone asking the
> question "what handheld should I buy to use AO-51"..?
> The fact that the pat answer is that there aren't any - you need to
> check eBay for a 20 year-old model speaks pitifully of the ham radio
> marketplace in the 21st century.
> Given the nature of LEO, portable operations are very common and going
> forward, will be even more so. Who among us wouldn't love a mobile
> sized transceiver that sported true simultaneous dual-band (VHF/UHF)
> operation and a continuously tunable VFO on FM in a 'satellite
> operation mode'?
> What would it be worth if that radio also could record all pass data -
> and had a USB port that supported a memory stick so that everything
> received during a pass could stored on it for offline extraction and
> study later when you're back in the shack. It wouldn't even require an
> internal TNC to download telemetry data - the audio file could simply
> be played back (offline) on a PC and the telemetry decoded there.
> There are bound to be hundreds of similar ideas and dreams of new
> gear, antennas, and interesting things to do at LEO - let's populate
> the BB with these sorts of things and look forward, not back.
> I'm more than ready to turn to a new chapter and get back to shaping
> the future of ham radio in space.
> Aren't you?
> 73 de Jeff, KE9V
> AMSAT-NA 28350
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