[amsat-bb] Re: Active FM Sats

Gordon JC Pearce gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Mon Jul 4 23:45:34 PDT 2011

On Tue, 5 Jul 2011 06:07:47 +0200
"i8cvs" <domenico.i8cvs at tin.it> wrote:

> Why to vaste time with the FM satellites for very small on a single channel
> to exchange only call letters and locators at most into a terrific QRM ?

Because everyone has the gear to work FM satellites.

Show me an all-mode HT that retails for the same sort of price and is the same sort of size as an FM HT and I might be interested.  Otherwise, to get UHF and VHF SSB I'm stuck with an inconveniently large radio which is only really useful for the twenty minutes a day that a satellite is overhead.

Not to mention the difficulty involved in tuning the radio and aiming the antenna.  Doesn't the Doppler shift mean you need to constantly retune?  How do you manage to do that, key the mike and point the aerial, *and* have enough brainpower left to make a contact?

Gordon MM0YEQ

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