[amsat-bb] Re: N American Satellite Activity UP

Gus gus at 8p6sm.net
Fri Mar 28 21:16:32 PDT 2014

On 03/28/2014 12:20 PM, Clayton Coleman wrote:
> I cringe at the "anti-handheld in the backyard
> mentality" because those operators are our future.

A single-band CW Tx with a crystal oscillator and a simple, 
single-conversion Rx may be a perfect way to encourage newcomers to the 
world of HF.  Especially as it shows that a large investment is not 
necessary to get started.  But it would be WRONG to mislead prospective 
hams into believing that such a setup is the be-all and end-all of 
operating HF.  They should be made to understand that considerable 
sophistication is possible when operating HF and sophisticated equipment 
available to suit.

Similarly, a "handheld in the backyard" method of operating via 
satellite works.  It has the beauty of being (comparatively) easy to set 
up as a demo, and promises success for the newcomer on a limited budget. 
  But it is WRONG to suggest that this is the peak of sophistication in 
ham satellite operation, and that old-timers as well as newcomers should 
be satisfied with having to drape their equipment around their neck and 
run out into the backyard, rain or shine, every time they want to operate.

I'm not saying there is anything wrong with handhelds in the back yard. 
  I'm saying that as far as I'm concerned, I'm not interested.  I took 
the training wheels off my bike a long time ago, and I wear long 
trousers now.

(Actually, I wear shorts almost exclusively.  But hopefully you get my 

Gus 8P6SM
The Easternmost Isle

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