[amsat-bb] going digital
wb4gcs at wb4gcs.org
Mon Jul 21 22:31:30 UTC 2014
Which is exactly what the FunCube guys did, and look at what they've
wb4gcs at amsat.org
When DirecTV designed their satellite broadcast system, did they worry
>> about backward compatibility with the multitude (or so it probably
>> seemed) of existing C-band BUD (Big Ugly Dish) owners? All of whom were
>> then receiving analog FM, I might add.
>> If not, then why are they still in business?
> Probably because they didn't design a satellite. They designed an
> entire _/*system*/_ including ground station components as well as
> flight hardware. The ground system components were made available such
> that their target audience was able to upgrade their BUD installations
> with only reasonable expenditures of time, effort and money. But
> that's just a guess in my part.
> I'd love to chat with you on the new digital hamsat, but if it's going
> to require I spend $5k+ on hard-to-source, esoteric components and
> cobble them together with duct tape, then it'll be a while before I'm
> QRV. So, the first few days after launch those 60 DV channels may be
> a little quiet.
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