[amsat-bb] going digital

Gus gus at 8p6sm.net
Mon Jul 21 23:42:35 UTC 2014

On 07/21/2014 06:34 PM, Jim Sanford wrote:
> Look at what the FunCube guys did!

Absolutely.  Which is why I said in my initial post on this subject:

 >> ...any new, digital satellite will have to be developed in parallel 
with readily available
 >> ground station modules (Funcube Dongle Deluxe?) that provide the 
'average' ham
 >> a path to participation.

Specifically referencing the FCD as an example.  The proposal for Phil's 
10GHz digital sat would best to include a suitable 10GHz module for 
ground station use.

> 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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Gus 8P6SM
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