[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT Symposium News Posted to the Web

WILLIAMS MICHAEL k9qho6762 at sbcglobal.net
Wed Oct 14 13:48:47 PDT 2009

Tim N3TL said:
"I also don't share your view of?satellite operation using a handheld or otherwise portable station, which is less than positive. Again, I mean no disrespect - but I find very little challenge and even less satisfaction in making a satellite contact running 50-100 watts into?a pair of long, multi-element yagis being controlled for az/el by computers - and using a radio being computer controlled for Doppler.? Of course, many more satellite operators share views closer to yours than mine - or, at least, it seems that way."
Point taken, but there are two ways to enter the satellite section of this hobby.
1. The linear satellite way (FO-29, AO7 and VO-52). This was the way I selected. My early goal was to operate AO-40, and the station was constructed for this AMSAT project.
2. The second way is via the FM satellites. 
Both ways are valid. It all depends which way a person came to make that first satellite contact. It's still a thrill either way.
Mike (K9QHO)
AMSAT 33589

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