[amsat-bb] Re: ARISSat-1

Ng, Peter Peter.Ng at bccdc.ca
Thu Jul 7 10:05:15 PDT 2011

Hi Jerry,

I don't know what a class "a" ground station consists of, but I'm sure the kids will get a blast just listening to the recorded children's greetings broadcasted in FM voice mode.  I caught one of these transmissions when they first tested ARISSat-1 earlier in the year using only a HT with a simple homebrew 70cm yagi like the ones listed below


I've built all 3, but the easiest, I think, is the one from AMSAT (Richard Crow N2SPI).  The instructions are *VERY* detailed.  I take it you're a school teacher?  Even your students can build it.  I made mine from 10 gage solid copper wire because I couldn't find the aluminum grounding wire, but everything else can be purchased from RadioShack (The Source in Canada, eh).  Even if ARISSat-1 doesn't "fly", pardon the pun, you'll still have a decent downlink antenna for the other FM satellites.

All the best and have fun!

73's Peter VE7NGP

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 8:38 PM
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Subject: [amsat-bb] ARISSat-1

After years of anticipating the launch of SuitSat-2 and then ARISSat-1 , 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 .

Jerry WB5LHD
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