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AC2Q
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« on: July 14, 2012, 09:20:13 AM »

I've worked some of the "easy sats", and while somewhat fun, they are easy to tire of.

Worked  RS-12/13 as well.


Are P3D, or Eagle, or similar, EVER going to launch?

I see status's of "delayed indefinately"

Does this translate to "Never gonna happen, but we won't admit it"?

P3-E express looks like it will be obsolete prior to launch the way donations are coming along.

Are we EVER going to see another "ragchew" satallite?
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KG4NEL
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2012, 12:25:11 PM »

Would be nice Sad

Building a portable station for AO-40 was a fun project when I was just starting out as a ham, taught me a lot about transverters, microwaves, link budgets...now it'd be fun to try something like that now that I'm not on a high schooler's budget and could build something better  Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2012, 06:05:26 PM »

Are we EVER going to see another "ragchew" satallite?

Oh, God, I hope so!

I was sorting through my QSL collection today and found one from a VK4 in QG62lo.  You don't work them like that very often, even with a phase-three bird.  Not from here!  The sq. to sq. distance works out at 16,277.69 Km.  BTW, he gave me a 53 report, and I gave him the same report back!  I guess squint must have been pretty bad for one (or maybe both) of us...

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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2012, 01:27:36 AM »

AO-40 was awesome... After it went dead, Used the lower earth orbit satellites a bit, but fast lost interest... just to boring.

Maybe P3E will fly one day, maybe not. Either way, I think chances are, it will be the last one trying to even get into an higher orbit, so worth supporting.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2012, 02:17:44 PM »

I agree, it would be very nice to have a satellite that has wider coverage, and longer pass times, than what we have now.
AO-7 is pretty good when there's a moderately high pass. You can actually have a nice conversation with someone, rather than just an exchange of grid squares in between the QRM.
Jim
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2012, 04:42:52 AM »

All it takes is money!  Send in your checks!
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2012, 04:33:56 PM »

Make those BIG checks.
Commercial launches go for anywhere from $90 million to $130 million, depending on launch provider, payload weight, etc.
Even getting ride as a secondary payload costs millions......

Jim
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