I guess I better start off with saying the box is missing in action.:-)
The antenna has never been built and all of the small parts, phasing harness, ECT... are still in the factory sealed bags.
The reason the box is missing is because I unboxed it the day I got it and the grandkids decided the box would be a fun toy. Scratch one box.
Other than the M2 box, the antenna is as mint as they get. Even the straps holding the elements and boom pieces have never been removed.
I will sell for $300.00 plus shipping.
Some launch test are planned for Aries I rocket is it possible that some free dummy payload space will be available?
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On 1 Jul 2009 at 12:43, David - KG4ZLB wrote:
> I know it would be expensive but on the "if you spread your net wide
> enough" view of thinking, could we not approach commercial satellite
> projects prior to launch and bung a transponder on them only to be used
> when the primary mission fails? OK, so you might win some, might lose
> some and I know it would be expensive but it seems better than the
> situation we have now, plus we could be potentially building in some
> long term birds that would replace the current ageing fleet. It would be
> a long term view, but it would be something!
> Presumably this has been brought up before but no harm in re-hashing it
> for any new ideas especially with the BoD voting soon to happen! :-D
Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
WAC BASIC CW PHONE SATELLITE
Since mid May, we have been waiting to see who would get the AMSAT
Satellite Communications Achievement Award #500. Entries were coming in
pretty quickly at the beginning. However, the last entry I received was
on June 13. Therefore, to not have everyone waiting any longer.... here
are the awards issued in the order they were received. Number 500 was
issued on June 6 with an entry received on June 5 and another on June 9.
Congratulations to everyone that submitted for the award and sorry for
the delay in mailing your certificates.
The following have earned the AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement
Chris Lemon, KB9CL #490
Ernest Howard, W8EH #491
Peter Portanova, WB2OOQ #492
Michael Klomfass, DH5MK #493
James DeYoung, N8OQ #494
Ronald Parsons, W5RKN #495
Thomas Lepley, KX3TL #496
Chris Meyers, KC0YBM #497
Nick Kucij, KB1RVT #498
George Carr, WA5KBH #499
Ward Hall, WC0Y #500
Jim Klassen, N6JMK #501
James Clary, ND9M #502
To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org or
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards
ARRL Awards Manager (WAS, 5BWAS, VUCC), VE
Houston AMSAT Net - Wed 0100z on Echolink - Conference *AMSAT*
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Podcast at http://www.amsatnet.com/podcast.xml or iTunes
Latest satellite news on the ARRL Audio News
Sorry for being kind of late to the party for this subject.
John, I don't know if you are building or buying but in the case of the
former my XYL and I are designing a house right now for an area which
doesn't strictly prohibit antennas like I have now, but would likely not
allow it. Working with the architect we have the plan for the attic space
to be able to contain my current KLM 40el. (20x20) 70cm and Cushcraft 20el
(10x10) 2m antennas as well as my 23cm VE3NPC type helix and 13cm K5GNA
BBQ dish. It makes for a high roof, but many homes in Texas these days
have steep roofs so the design actually looks normal from the outside.
The basic idea is a 9 1/2 foot radius hemisphere that's 5 1/2 feet above
the floor of the attic (5 1/2 feet being the height of the boom above the
floor). It took some explaining to the architect how an az/el antenna
setup works and looks, but he got the right idea. I can send you a .pdf
of the roof/attic drawing if you are interested. The house is about 4500
sq. ft. area under roof in order to accomodate my antennas (although the
size is a result of what we wanted for the floor plan, not the result of
what was needed for the antennas).
And, it was good to see Eric's link to DH5MK. It gave me a lot of relief
to finally see an installation similar to what I am planning! I wasn't
sure how satellite through a roof would work over the various bands, but
it seems to me that any loss can easily be overcome by preamps and
amplifiers in a space where you can hook up whatever you need without the
worry of weather.
Now this makes me wonder,
When posting on this board to provoke stimulation about SATCOMMS; It appears
that posts can be more stimulated over QSL cards or who's operating the
latest in Spam Radio Du-lux than antennas or pre-amps or phasing harness'
or Polarity Switching or the latest in GAS-FET performance etc;.
OK,, I'll be more interested in that;... Now, Where's my QSL card from the
ISS that I sent away for,,, now was that last year or early this year;?
Maybe mines been held up by AMSAT -AUST or AMSATVK (cant figure out why??) I
can't seem to remember when I sent away for it, maybe I've been
concentrating on less important things like building projects to do with
Amateur Radio instead of buying everything off the shelf, or doing totally
nothing within an appointment which is becoming more apparent in Australia.
Put up, Shut up or get out, you know who I'm commenting too!!!
This is an intriguing possibility and perplexes me somewhat they (AMSAT)
hasn't mentioned it, or something similar. For instance, every launch has a
ballast load. Why is it that the ballast cannot be replaced with a cubesat?
Why aren't commercial sats required to have a amateur band transceiver
installed, as mentioned here and elsewhere, to activate when the primary
mission ceases? Public utility companies and regulated companies such as
AT&T help us routinely.
Of course the easy answer is 'no', but a thoughtful consideration from the
people who deal with this on a daily basis might be more nuanced. It's not a
technical issue, is it?
Moreover, rigging a series of sats with a transmission system that switches
on in the event of catastrophic failure or switching off of the main system
offers the possibility of establishing a sat network capable of vast
distance datacom at no expense to the primary carrier and of great benefit
to the general public and science.
Isn't it time we move to working on a deep space internet system that the
commercial folks don't want to spend a lot of money on, and that we (ham
folks) can help by proving-in the concept? Seems to me we can do this
without a lot of expense but with the foresighted help of the commercial
DM78qd // KA0SWT
If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be
eating frozen radio dinners.-- Johnny Carson
As I type this (1304 UTC), the Special Event has begun! My thanks to all of the operators who've volunteered to help activate colonies on the satellites.
Thanks, too, to everyone at AMSAT for the support it is providing, including a presence on the AMSAT-NA home page. That simply is wonderful, and very, very much appreciated.
One last update - we've added Maryland! Bruce, WA3SWJ, will be activating that colony during the event with the special call sign WA3SWJ/K2F.
That means we have 11 of the 13 original colonies active on the satellites from now through midnight EDT Saturday (0359 UTC on July 5). That is outstanding!
Here, I intend to work CW quite a bit on the linear satellites (AO-7, FO-29 and VO-52), so listen for N3TL/K2G below the middle of those satellites' passbands. I'll try to work at least one pass of each satellite in SSB, but I hope we can get some CW ops on the air and in orbit!
73 to all from the Georgia Colony!
Tim - N3TL/K2G
On Tue, 2009-06-30 at 17:32 -0500, Andy MacAllister wrote:
> An mp3 file of just Garriott's part would be really good to have. Did any of
> you get a recording??? I tried to access the broadcast, but sure enough, no
> go from this side...
I caught the last part on the TV last night, and have listened to the
first part on iplayer this morning. The Garriot bit wasn't on.
Bye for now, John
> TNX & 73 de Andy W5ACM
> Houston, TX
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Heaton" <john(a)manchester.ac.uk>
> To: "Trevor ." <m5aka(a)yahoo.co.uk>
> Cc: <amsat-bb(a)amsat.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4:29 PM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Richard Garriott on BBC Newsnight tonight
> > On 30 Jun 2009, at 22:17, Trevor . wrote:
> >> The show should also be available on the web at
> >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/newsnight
> >> Newsnights homepage is at
> >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsnight
> >> I've not tried accessing BBC shows from overseas so don't know if
> >> they restict access. If they do I guess a Proxy Server may be one
> >> way round it.
> > If you ask someone nicely in the UK (Mac/Linux users) they may be
> > able to download a non-DRM version as an MP4 video file. I'm not
> > encumbered by MrSoftee so don't know if it can be done one that.
> >>> I understand that it is likely that Richard Garriott is to
> >>> be interviewed on
> >>> BBC2's networked Newsnight program tonight at 22:30BST,
> >>> 23:30CET (In Western
> >>> Europe 28.2E 10773H 22000 5/6).
> > Bye for now, John
> > John Heaton
> > john(a)manchester.ac.uk
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