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

George Henry ka3hsw at att.net
Fri Jan 20 13:05:12 PST 2012

Whenever I do a satellite demo with my 910H, Gulf Alpha CP antennas, az/el 
rotors, and computer control, I always take along an HT and a tape measure beam 
& show my audience that the FM birds *can* be worked with a much simpler setup.  

HOWEVER, I always stress the same rule of thumb that applies to HF operations:  
"if you can't hear 'em, you can't work 'em", so if they *don't* hear the bird, 
STOP trying, and find & fix the problem...

George, KA3HSW

----- Original Message ----
> From: John Geiger <aa5jg at fidmail.com>
> To: Clint Bradford <clintbradford at mac.com>
> Cc: AMSAT BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Sent: Fri, January 20, 2012 1:55:57 PM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Getting "Cheep" ...
> 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.

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