[amsat-bb] New Duplexer and AO-85

W3MAT . w3mat03 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 17:31:47 UTC 2015

Yes, Thanks to Jerry for taking time from your day to type a reply and
answer questions.

I certainly didn't intend my message from early this morning to sound
harsh, and I apologize if I came off that way.
Like others, I spent quite a deal of time researching the new Fox-1
satellite and after watching the video posted on AMSATS "Meet The Fox
Project", around the 7:53 mark is where it is stated that operators with
hand held equipment would be able to work this new satellite.  So, I was
quite eager and anxious to have something else circling the globe other
than just SO-50 for us FM'ers, as I do not have the proper equipment to
work the linear birds.  I don't have to rehash the issues that came along
and I found that working this new bird with hand held equipment was not as
easy as it was presented in the video, and yes, I did become a bit
frustrated ... kind of like getting that new train for Christmas and
finding that you don't have a locomotive to pull the train.  So if I
stepped on toes, I am truly sorry.  I will sit back, be patient, and let
this be a learning experience, since from the time I entered into the
amateur radio satellite arena, there were already working FM birds in
place, two of those which have since "passed away".  This is my first
experience of having a new FM bird launched into space and I admit, I was
expecting it to work as well as what is already up there. This is truly a
learning experience for the people who turned the first screw right down to
those of us who eagerly watch our tracking data and step outside to wave an
antenna at the sky (while getting peculiar looks from our neighbors).  My
hats off to all those who are involved with the Fox project, and I do look
forward to the future Fox satellites.  Take care and have a great day.


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