[amsat-bb] going digital
wb4gcs at wb4gcs.org
Mon Jul 21 22:34:42 UTC 2014
Look at what the FunCube guys did!
On 7/21/2014 5:00 PM, Gus wrote:
> On 07/21/2014 01:00 PM, Phil Karn wrote:
> > Next questions:
> > Does a DirecTV receiving station cost $5K?
> Actually, DirecTV is not available for purchase in my neck of the
> woods. I can get a system installed, but it wouldn't be my system to
> fiddle with.
> > Are its components hard to source or esoteric?
> Well, I know where I could nick one, but I'd rather not. Otherwise, I
> guess I could source one overseas, ship it in, then bow down before
> the Customs & Excise godlings..... ham gear is 10 + 17.5% but there's
> no way they'd pass that as ham gear, so probably 115 + 17.5% or
> worse. That might satisfy Rx needs, but wouldn't include a
> transmitter.... Does that sound hard to source or esoteric?
> > If not, what makes you think that a digital ground station for an
> AMSAT satellite should be?
> Phil, I'm not saying it /should/ be, but that if it is, you won't get
> many users on the system. So, part of the system design for any such
> bird had better include design of low cost, easy to find, simple to
> use hardware that will allow me -- or any other doofus like me -- to
> get QRV without too much hardship.
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