[amsat-bb] Re: Adding new satellites & Getting back to basics

egon ve6egn at xplornet.com
Sun Nov 24 14:42:06 PST 2013

Well said Clayton. I used manual tuning for ten years
 before I started with computer control.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Clayton Coleman" <kayakfishtx at gmail.com>
To: "AMSAT-BB" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2013 3:24 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Adding new satellites & Getting back to basics

>I realize not everyone is a computer expert.  I recognize that we live
> in the days of appliance-operator hams, myself included.  It surprises
> me the number of individuals who post on this BB without first reading
> the fine manuals provided with their applications or looking at
> relevant, redundant emails posted within 72 hours.
> With the recent flutter of BB email activity over working AO-73, it
> surprises me the number of individuals solely dependent on using a
> computer to communicate via a satellite.
> Gone are the days of the manual transmission -- most individuals now
> drive an automatic and have forgotten to use their clutch.
> I would encourage people to step back to the basics a little bit.  Try
> to work in "Manual" for a while. Brush up on your tracking skills,
> both by ear and by signal strength.  Understand that not all of us are
> sitting behind a computer with a fully automated station, antennas to
> work Neptune, a receiver to hear the moon, and an amplifier to reach
> Pluto.
> My intent is not to disparage those who have a nice OSCAR-class
> station.  By all means, enjoy it.
> I hear frequently in the post-HEO era that "Doppler is too difficult
> on LEO's."  If you need an elmer there are plenty of active operators
> here on the BB who would be willing to lend a helping hand.
> Don't forget the acronym KISS and its definition.  Sometimes
> simplicity brings with it a little fun.
> 73,
> Clayton
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