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Re: AMSAT-BB-digest V2002 #52

Dear William,
                    Your opinion is well taken. But in a country like ours
do you know what the majority of hams would prefer ?
                    They would like to have a 2m FM repeater on a GEO?!!
Whether practicable or not from the satellite designers point of view this
is what an average Ham would be expecting of a Ham satellite! Still better
would be a drifting near-GEO with 2m FM repeater which can be operated with
rubber duckie -so that they can work some DX too.
                    Basically the economy and popularity with 2m handies
makes them look for future satellite with this configuration.
                    Any takers?
-nagesh vu2nud@amsat.org


> - ----- Original Message -----
> From: "William Leijenaar" <pe1rah@hotmail.com>
> To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
> Sent: Sunday, March 17, 2002 8:51 PM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] RE: Newbie Q & A
> > Hi AMSATs,
> >
> > What I see is that everyone is talking about UO14 as the satellite for
> > beginners. There is only one solution !!!! This is what I said many
> > before ==> "We need more transponders and no more FM sats !!!"
> >
> > Transponders give much more fun, and these are also workable with low
> power
> > stations. I worked FO20 and FO29 many time on 2W with my FT290 and
> !!!
> > These sats give also much more fun, and they allow many many more modes
> for
> > communication. The UO14 and AO27 are more like the local FM repeater
> > hehe.
> >
> > Then it is also possible to work via an crowdy FM satellite with only
> little
> > power. There are many stations listening to the un-ruled downlink
> > and they listen to portable,mobile, or weak stations.
> > They then will try to work these stations, and try to RX this station
> > make everyone quiet with their "larger" station.
> >
> > So, lets make some more transponders and launch them into space, and
> > make some more local FM repeaters instead of those FM sats .-)
> >
> > 73 de PE1RAH, William
> > ---

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