[amsat-bb] Re: Getting "Cheep" ...

John Geiger aa5jg at fidmail.com
Fri Jan 20 11:55:57 PST 2012

I do think we need to be careful that we don't send the message that you
must have a complex (and expensive) station to work the FM sats.  I
wouldn't want someone interested in the sats to give up because they
thought they needed circularly polarized  yagis, elevations rotors, mast
mounted preamps, and computer control for doppler shift.

My current FM satellite station cost me right around $200.  I spent $99 for
a used Kenwood TM251 FM rig, which has the most sensitive UHF receiver that
QST has reviewed, $45 for a dualband Arrow antennas J pole, and $45 for a
50 foot run of 9913flex coax.  I already had a power supply so I didn't
figure that into the total cost.  Is it the "best" satellite station one
could assemble?  Not by a long shot.  But I can hear most of every pass,
with some fades, and still have a good time on the sats while making lots
of QSOs.

I do miss AO51, though.

73s John AA5JG

On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM, Clint Bradford <clintbradford at mac.com>wrote:

> >> ... I wish some of the "self-proclaimed" experts would tell these people
> that if they cannot hear themselves on the downlink that does not mean
> that they are not keying the satellite.
> I know of no "self-proclaimed expert" who is teaching anything other than
> "working full-duplex on  the FM LEOs is the preferred method of operation
> ... "
> And I am still finding audiences who appreciate knowing that they already
> own most of the equipment necessary to successfully work these birds.
> One of the very first reception reports of the ARISSat-1 project was from
> a gentleman using a handheld radio - and its stock antenna. I know of MANY
> "self-proclaimed experts" who advise that that is not the best way to go
> ... (grin)
> I am very proud of the on-the-air operations that I hear here on the West
> Coast. I mean, I am in the most-populous region of the nation's most
> populous state - so the potential for poor operating methods are greater.
> But we're doing quite fine.
> Clint Bradford, K6LCS
> http://www.work-sat.com
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