[amsat-bb] Re: ARISSat-1

Joseph Armbruster josepharmbruster at gmail.com
Thu Jul 7 05:46:57 PDT 2011


Your feelings on this are polar opposite of mine.  I am literally on the
edge of my seat waiting for this satellite to be pushed out.  There are soo
many interesting things about it, I can not comprehend how anyone could be
dis-interested in it.  If you're an individual (or group at a school) with
an 2M HT that can Only Receive, look at what you can do:

- listen for the CW beacons
- listen to the voice announcements
- listen and decode the SSTV signal
 - listen for the telemetry signal and examine the plethora of telemetry
data available

 This is an amateur radio satellite with flippin cameras on it, how cool is
that!!!  I think having the possibility of getting a snapshot from space,
using amateur radio technology is pretty cool!  But then again, I have been
known to get overly-excited about simple things.  AMSAT engineers could have
easily said "Ahhh, that's too much work... blah blah" or "Bah!!  There isn't
enough time..." but instead they got it done and it's on the ISS ready to

I would be focused on getting your station ready to use it.  Or, maybe
helping someone else get a station ready for it.  It's all a matter of
perspective.  I think everyone should be excited about this, I know I am!

Joseph Armbruster

On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 2:36 AM, Clint Bradford <clintbradford at mac.com>wrote:

> >> ... I for one have lost My interest in it. I think even with peak
> performance , it will take a class "a" ground station to hear any of the
> formats We're expecting . Definitely not a school project . I hope it proves
> Me wrong .
> A handheld 2M HT and a simple antenna improvement for it are all that is
> necessary to hear ARISSat-1 - as designed.
> Definitely a school project - as schools across the planet are anticipating
> the deployment. Especially schools in Russia and the U.S.
> AMSAT NEWS SERVICE ANS-184 re-capped how easy it will be to monitor
> ARISSat-1. And if you've mis-placed or given away your February, 2011 issue
> of QST magazine, I have the "Getting Ready for ARISSat-1" article posted on
> my Web site at ...
> http://www.work-sat.com
> Clint Bradford, K6LCS
> 909-241-7666
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