[amsat-bb] Re: Linear Xpndr Operating Economics.

George Henry ka3hsw at att.net
Fri Feb 4 10:49:04 PST 2011

My first "satellite" rig was a pair of Drake B-line twins with the TC-2 transmit 
converter and SC-2 receive converter, a homebrew 2-meter turnstile on a tripod 
in the driveway, and 10- and 15-meter dipoles in the garage & house attics.  I 
could work RS-10/11, RS-12/13, and RS-15 in modes A, K, and T, as well as HF, 
and had less than $600 invested in the whole station.

Over the weekend I will be posting for sale a bit of ham radio history that will 
enable someone to uplink to AO-7 and FO-29 on the cheap...  a KLM Echo 70.  
Watch for more details!!!

George, KA3HSW

----- Original Message ----
> From: k6yk <k6yk at juno.com>
> To: nss at mwt.net
> Cc: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Sent: Fri, February 4, 2011 11:33:46 AM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Linear Xpndr Operating Economics.
> Boy, that sounds familiar ! 
> My first Oscar station was  a  Regency HR-2B  FM  rig 
> with ONE crystal in the middle of the uplink band on 2 meters,
> keying the  high-low power switch.  You couldn't hear the low
> power but the 15 watts on high power made it fine. 
> And the receivers were an HW-101 and Hallicrafters  SX-117. 
> Bought an AMECO preamp for HF, which helped out on 10 meters. 
> That was good enough to work lots of stations, maybe a total of 
> 600 QSO's on OScar 6 and 7!
> Then when the RS-10, 11 came along, I tried some mobile work
> using an ICOM 230, again only one frequency, keying the PTT line,
> no chirp, and  Yaesu FT-301 for receiver.  Larson 2 meter antenna and
> Hustler 10 meter antenna on the pickup.  Worked quite a few QSO's
> that way, too! 
> All  CW only, of course on mode A.  Didn't get an all-mode rig 
> until about 1986 during the "RS" era.
> 73,
> John

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