[amsat-bb] Re: LEO's

John Geiger aa5jg at lcisp.com
Tue Jun 17 08:22:45 PDT 2008

Hi Bob,

I agree completely with what you say. Many people who don't think they have
the equipment for the satellites really do-like a dualband FM rig and a
small yagi.  I wouldn't be on the sats either if I hadn't started on the FM
sats and found out how easy using them was.  Had a nice AO51 pass a few
minutes ago also.

73s John AA5JG

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <w0dxz at aol.com>
To: <amsat-bb at AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 11:32 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] LEO's

> RE:? Usefullness of LEO's...
> I think there should always be at least one accessable LEO-FM bird... for
the very reason that some (WB6LLO) think there should not be. It gets you
started with satellites.
> If I had not gone to a hamfest and seen Patrick demo use of the FM birds,
I would not now be active on not only FM birds, but? the all mode birds as
well. Without the FM birds, the? imtimidation factor would have been too
much, I never would have gotten started.
> Every hobby needs an easy entry level possibility... for many it is the
LEO's, FM.
> When I bought my first Harley, a Sportster,,, many said oh, a beginners
Harley, yeah, maybe, but I would never have? bought a motorcycle? if I had
to buy a full dresser as my first bike.? And yes, my first gun was a .410,
not a 12 gauge.? And I learned to snorkel before I learned to SCUBA.
> FM LEO's have a purpose, a use. Not everyone can? chase the other birds.
Live and let live. That is the fun part of the ham radio hobbyt, there is
something for everyone.
> There may be complaints about LEO-FM birds that are justifiable, but? the
fact that you can work one with a HT is not one of those arguments.
> Bob W0DXZ DM33
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