[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 - Requiem
aa5jg at fidmail.com
Sat May 7 08:46:25 PDT 2011
And you can still use the FM equipment you bought on AO27, SO50, and SO67.
I spent less than $200 on my FM satellite setup this year. It consists of a
used Kenwood TM251A for $99, an Arrow antennas dualband J pole for $50, and
a 50 foot run of 9913 flex for $40. It is still working fine on the other 3
73s John AA5JG
----- Original Message -----
From: "Clint Bradford" <clintbradford at mac.com>
To: "AMSAT BB" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2011 3:26 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-51 - Requiem
>>> ... because since 2004 when AO-51 was operational a lot of Hams invested
>>> a lot of money to buy FM
> hand held equipments, Arrow antennas and ELK antennas to work ...
> Huh? 2004 was the year the Yaesu FT-60R was released. For under $200. The
> Kenwood TH-D7 was
> available - always a battery hog, but expensive due to its TNC/APRS
> To say that we blew our collective wads on "hand held equipment" for
> working FM birds doesn't make
> sense to me. And I was working at the US' largest ham radio equipment
> dealer then: that phenomenon
> did not occur.
>>> ... if AO-51 will be in trouble for a long time and if a similar
>>> satellite will
> not replace it than a lot of money all around the world has been invested
> in FM equipment for very small ...
> The equipment purchased to work the FM sats covers the two most popular
> voice bands in the
> US, if not the planet. There's no "handheld equipment" that is exclusively
> made for sat work.
>>> ... The situation for the linear satellite users is very bad as well
> HO-68 was only activated for a limited numbar of orbits ...
> I do not understand why some folks are so hot for '68. Its primary mission
> was never going to
> be "amateur radio." It is run by the Chinese, who could really care less
> about what we would like
> to see happen with it. (Sorry, my wife has been to Tibet three times in
> the past five years, and
> has some really illustrative stories on how obscenely the Chinese treat
> some very peaceful people.)
> The Chinese projects have little or no interest for me.
>>> ... I don't have any information about the Fox project ...
> Right at the top of the AMSAT-org Web site you will find ...
>>> ... I wanted a HEO so bad!
> When I win the lottery, we'll have a geo-synchronous bird above North
> America ...
> Clint, K6LCS
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