[amsat-bb] Re: $50sat MO-76

Clayton Coleman kayakfishtx at gmail.com
Tue Mar 18 10:43:19 PDT 2014


I think $50SAT MO-76 is innovative and COOL.  I also think the
previous email about MO-76 was in jest and not meant to demean or
belittle the project.
I have been impressed with what "three guys working in their
hamshacks" did in a 2" x 2" x 3" satellite.  Some folks might gripe
because it doesn't have a transponder but they would be missing the
the big picture.  Without innovation, the ham satellite community will
waste away into obscurity.

Who knows?  Maybe we will have a $50HEOSATwithTRANSPONDER
someday.....I can dream.


On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 12:22 PM, Howie DeFelice <howied231 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> While it is true that MO-76 does not have a transponder, the satellite WILL send you a signal report if you send it a correctly formatted data packet. To do this requires some technical ability. The satellite uses an RFM-22 transceiver and receives FSK, not AFSK, data signals. The packet must be formatted to the RFM-22 specification, it's not AX.25. All the required information for doing this is outlined in the $50sat communications document available from our dropbox account. The dropbox can be accessed through a link at www.50dollarsat.info. The MO-76 team will even award a Certificate of Technical Achievement to anyone that can confirm the two way QSO with the satellite. Hey, it's the best three guys working from their hamshacks can do in a 2" x 2" x 3" satellite.....at least until next time :)
> Howie AB2S
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