Local Elmer needed - Lancaster County, PA

Discussion in 'Satellite and Space Communications' started by W3QE, Aug 19, 2018.

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  1. W3QE

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    I'm curious and serious about setting up a satellite comms system at my QTH for both FM and weak signal SSB work. As an engineer with a workshop and hopefully good build skills I think I can homebrew the SATNOGS rotator and controller, or a controller that will work with Sat tracking s/w. ( is this even worth the effort though ? )

    I have been looking at buying either an TS-790, FT-736R, IC-820H, or IC910H --- hopefully good choices for the rig ( without going to the expense of SDR and transverters )..... Unless my FTdx5000 with transverters will do the job ( and how do I set it up ) ?

    My issue.... This is a completely new area of the hobby that I know very little about, and I'm looking for an elmer that can guide me ( via phone ) and bounce ( pun intended ) ideas off.

    Whilst I don't have oodles of cash to throw at this; at the same time I want to be a little more advanced than an HT with a handheld antenna.

    Anyone willing to pick up the challenge ? If so, please do mail me at my registered email and I'll respond with my contact details etc.

  2. K3RLD

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    Sending you an email shortly. I have no "base station" experience, but may have useful info.
  3. K4BAD

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  4. K3RLD

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    K4BAD's response was buried in the quote.
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  5. K6LCS

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    There might be some satellite operators who can assist at ...


    Are they close to you?
  6. W5PFG

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    Rick WB3CSY is a very knowledgeable satellite operator who lives in Lancaster. We have made dozens of contacts over the years. If you want, I can write an email introducing you to him.
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  7. W3QE

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    @K6LCS. I know some of the members there ( they are the other ham club in town ), and I don't know that they have members into satellite. Thank you though :)

    @W5PFG Thank you, yes please!
  8. K3RLD

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    Great talking to you, Keith! We'll have to set up an "eyeball qso" in the future.

  9. W3QE

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    Ditto Roy....Thanks for all your assistance!!

    Great that we have a a willing and helpful community!


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