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Re: MMDS converters

I'm sure that he is reputable.  I don't understand why so many people 
thought I said he wasn't.  I said "it looks like vapor", and so far
it still does.  But I know everyone got what they payed for from him
when they got their 2880's.  Hey, if the converters come back, *I'll* buy 
one from him.  Even if it is just for a spare.

My real point is that it looks like the MMDS industry is going to all
integrated units, and away from analog TV to digital Internet and digital 
TV, and these units will become less and less suited for ham use.  Also MMDS 
seems more popular outside the US.. there aren't really too many "wireless 
cable" systems in the US.  Of course the oscillator stability and phase 
noise characteristics will have to be better for digital modems, so maybe I 
contridict myself.

The good news, is that WLAN and MMDS parts (IC's) are getting *dirt* cheap, 
and maybe we can start building good quality PLL locked 2.4GHz 
downconverters ourselves for <$100.  I'd love it if I could build a
feed and converter in one package for my 18" DSS dishes and actually
have it work on AO-40.  It is premature to be able to think this
could be designed for commercial sale yet.. but it isn't premature
to start *thinking* about it.

Fred W0FMS

>From: Cliff Buttschardt <cbuttsch@slonet.org>
>To: "Frederick M. Spinner" <fspinner@hotmail.com>
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] MMDS converters
>Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2000 22:01:52 +0000
>Fred, maybe SkyCable is not that bad an outfit after all as
>one of the messages I got was that he was trying to get a
>decent quantity of better Drake units together and sell them
>in the same fashion as the older ones.  It's just when e-mails
>were sent him, he did not reply.  Cliff Buttschardt  K7RR
>"Frederick M. Spinner" wrote:
> >
> > Actually my intent was not to bash "Mr. Skycable" in the first post.
> >
> >.

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