gus at 8p6sm.net
Tue Jul 22 17:39:49 UTC 2014
On 07/22/2014 11:54 AM, Kevin M wrote:
> I've heard comments that basically imply anyone who wants to go outside with an HT and wave a yagi around is stupid.
I will respond to this because of comments I've made in the past, which
may have been misunderstood.
Standing outside with a yagi in hand and the monsoon trickling down my
neck isn't for me. It is demonstrably a valid way to make contacts and
an excellent way to demonstrate how satellite operation can occur with
minimalist equipment. But as far as I'm concerned, it IS NOT the
ultimate objective of a satellite operator. It is the BARE MINIMUM of
satellite operation, and there is no way I'm going to be satisfied with
that for more than one or two passes.
To imply to the uneducated observer and potential future satellite
operator, that standing in the rain is the pinnacle of hamsat ground
station technology is (in my opinion) counter productive and, yes,
stupid. As would be implying that a single-band, rock-bound QRP CW rig
is the ultimate in ham HF technology. There is nothing wrong with QRP
or broomstick-waving, far from it. And to those who enjoy it, more
power to you! But if broomstick-waving is all I can hope to achieve in
satellite operation, then I'll be very disappointed.
The Easternmost Isle
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