[amsat-bb] Re: ""you may as well use Skype..."

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Sat Feb 5 00:27:40 PST 2011

> From: jshorney at inebraska.com
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:36:54 -0600
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: ""you may as well use Skype..."
> On Fri, 04 Feb 2011 08:03:59 +0000, Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
> >It doesn't in my case.  I have *no interest at all* in operating
> >satellites that require a complex fixed station with computer tracking
> >and tuning.  None.  Doesn't interest me one bit.
> Require? Hah. I used to run the RS birds with a TR-7, IC-251A, and a TA-33 + 17
> el Cushcraft with an old CDE rotor. No computer control, fixed at 90 degrees
> elevation. What fun it was!
> 73
> -Jim

My second satellite QSO (ever) was from California to New York on RS-10 with 10 watts to a copper pipe J-pole on the uplink, and a wire strung out to a tree in the back yard hooked to a Radio Shack DX-440 Short Wave receiver for the downlink.  How can you not get hooked on this hobby after an experience like that?

Want to top that?  Then DO have that complex fixed station with computer tracking and tuning (that you built and/or assembled yourself) and talk from California to Perth, Australia via AO-40.

Greg  KO6TH


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