[amsat-bb] Re: Linear Xpndr Operating Economics & more again

k6yk k6yk at juno.com
Fri Feb 4 17:41:19 PST 2011


 Whoops! 

I forgot to mention that the antennas were an omni vertical 
ground plane on 2 meters for the uplink and tri-band beam 
for the 10 meter downlink.

73,
John K6YK

On Fri, 4 Feb 2011 09:33:46 -0800 k6yk <k6yk at juno.com> writes:
> 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
> 
>  
> On Fri, 04 Feb 2011 09:59:28 -0600 Joe <nss at mwt.net> writes:
> > My first Oscar Station,,,
> > 
> > I do not remember if it was Oscar 6 or 7,  but it was 1975, and we 
> 
> > listened to many passes on the ten meter downlink.
> > 
> > We got from a local ham, an old AM  vfo controlled 2 meter rig.  
> It 
> > was 
> > AM only. it had a Red face and was BIG like the size of a heathkit 
> 
> > SB-200 amp.  two VFO's one for transmit and a separate one for 
> > receive.
> > 
> > anyway we connected out Hallicrafters TO Keyer to the PTT line of 
> 
> > the 
> > mic, (with no mic installed)  and it worked amazingly well.  That 
> 
> > was 
> > out Oscar station back then, we made like 25 states or so on that 
> 
> > setup,
> > 
> > Joe WB9SBD
> > 
> > The Original Rolling Ball Clock
> > Idle Tyme
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> > 
> > On 2/4/2011 9:16 AM, Roger Kolakowski wrote:
> > > Simple answer...FM rigs will tend to "chirp" as you key the mic 
> 
> > line as
> > > the VCO pulls onto frequency...crystal matrix FM radios such as 
> 
> > the old
> > > Standard will be T-9...
> > >
> > > The purists will cry about the chirpy signal...but, most people 
> 
> > who work
> > > CW on satellites would relish a new operator/contact even if 
> they 
> > were QLF.
> > >
> > > That being said...I have works scores of stations with my own 
> > "chirpy"
> > > signal and even have received some polite 599's back.
> > >
> > > Roger Kolakowski
> > > WA1KAT
> > >
> > > On 2/4/2011 9:30 AM, Rich Dailey wrote:
> > >> Let's not forget about the funcube dongle as a terrific 
> > economical
> > >> solution for receiving.  And any decent FM transmitter can key 
> 
> > CW,
> > >> no? Assuming someone already has a vhf/uhf rig, I can see 
> getting 
> > qrv on linear
> > >> transponders today for under $200.
> > >> Or am I being too simplistic?
> > >>
> > >> Rich, N8UX
> > >>
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