July 13, 2013 | In: Ham Radio

Look, up in the sky…

oscar-7-amateur-radio-satellite
OK…just want everyone to know that my long-suffering wife may have to be taken for coffee or diamonds or something in the next few months…I’ve decided that I want to try my hand at making contact(s) via the amateur (ham) radio satellites.

Yes, we hams have our own satellites…known originally as OSCAR (Orbital Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio), there have been dozens of ham birds over the last several decades. The keeper of the OSCAR flame is AMSAT. They have a LOT of info on their website, so I’ll be spending a fair bit of time there…

Right now I’m looking at what it will take antenna-wise…found some fairly simple but high-ish gain plans on the web…so I’m sorting through them, and will report back on my successes and failures in this quest…from what I can tell, I have all I need radio-wise for some of the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) birds…time will tell.

For today, however, I’m going to call it good, and go enjoy a picnic with my in-laws…David is home from college for a bit, and this summer is turning into a beautiful one in the greater Seattle area.

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