[amsat-bb] Re: Two Questions

Michael Schulz mschulz at creative-chaos.com
Thu Sep 22 20:20:57 PDT 2011


Don't blame it on the newcomers, when the old-guys don't put enough effort
into educating the new guys.

I can consider myself a satellite newcomer. My very first sat QSO was on
AO-7 using a homebrew IOio
made out of PVC pipe and copper tubing and an FT-736R. No software or even a
rotor. Now that being
said, I today use software because it makes it more pleasant, plus I enjoy
linking up radios with computers
and building stuff. I do know how to do it without though.

There seems to be a lot of bashing of clueless newbs wherever I turn on the
Internet when it comes to
ham radio. So I have to ask you: have you done anything lately to educate
new hams?

As for the original poster: forget the software, eliminate all pieces that
aren't necessary to operate which
makes it easier to troubleshoot. Then when you have the radio part down,
start with the software part.
Install Linux first and the hamlib and Gpredict. Hook everything up and be a
happy camper.
Real men use Linux/UNIX anyway (sorry couldn't resists and a bit of
controversy is always fun ;) ).

73 Mike K5TRI

On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 9:32 PM, i8cvs <domenico.i8cvs at tin.it> wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Joe" <nss at mwt.net>
> To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 2:47 AM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Two Questions
> > See Below,
> > On 9/22/2011 5:50 PM, Ted wrote:
> > > "Are the linear sats too complicated?
> > NO!
> > > Do people not have SSB and CW equipment or are they just not interested
> > > anymore."
> > That is Hard to say,,
> > > Tom, speaking only for me, I have tried several times to work a linear.
> > > I have a TS 2000 with the sat function and HRD sat program which
> > > allegedly adjust the Doppler, 2m/440 SSB and a Elk on a rotor w/fixed
> > > el..  Try as I might, I cannot get the tx and rx to match so I can
> > > duplex.
> > There is a simple fix to this,,  SHUT ALL THAT CRAP OFF! In the 70's we
> > didn't have anything like that. The flight computer if you were lucky to
> > have one was a piece of cardboard with a clear plastic overlay to tell
> > you where the Bird is,
> > An "Oscar Locator" it was called.
> >
> > As far as doppler correction,,, we turned the large knob on the front of
> > the radio,  thats our doppler correction system.
> > > There just does not seem to be single primer that one can follow on how
> > > to accomplish the process. There are multiple opinions from
> individuals,
> > > but not much of a consensus on a good standard process. Admittedly, I
> > > have problem not given a fair amount of time on my technique as I was
> > > concentrating on VUCC. Now that that will go to the card checker
> > > tomorrow, I need to spend some time on the linear. I just wish there
> was
> > > a 'manual'
> > It's called doing it "Manually"
> >
> > Simple and very effective  thousands of hams did it for decades, no
> > reason it won't work now.
> >
> > Joe WB9SBD
> > > 73, Ted
> > > K7TRK
> Hi Joe, WB9SBD
> I agree completely with you because I started to work satellites with
> OSCAR-6 not to collect grids but to improve my knowledge in
> radio tecnology.
> Put now an "Oscar Locator" in the hand of a satellite newcomer is like
> to say to him to drive a Ford Model T called also Tin Lizzie or Flivver
> and he will bump into a wall !
> 73" de
> i8CVS Domenico
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