archive: SETI Re: Argus: Your personal Argus receiving station

SETI Re: Argus: Your personal Argus receiving station
Fri, 28 May 1999 22:14:15 EDT

In a message dated 5/28/99 1:10:38 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> TO: SetiLeague Members. I see a light at the end of the tunnel for a great
> many more of our members to have their own station. There are 72 members
> out
> of a thousand members now operating a station. Perhaps only 200
> members are building a station. The two major constraints are time and
> money: TIME to slog through all the options of antennas, feeds, receivers,
> amplifiers, etc. and MONEY to buy it all. I suspect the ICOM R8500
> is now out of the financial reach of most of the members. As an example
> time required, I was recently telling a friend that I'm installing a
> mini-dish for satellite TV, and he replied that he would really like to
> satellite TV but he does NOT have the time to sift through the increasing
> complexity of dual LNB's to feed multiple TV's, quality of coax, RF versus
> infrared room-to-room control, etc. And almost everyone watches TV! To
> to the point, once we locate a receiver, or scanner, that meets our needs
> is reasonably priced, all the other pieces will fall into place. We are
> searching for such a receiver. Regarding the antenna and feed, the vision
> of
> a big dish for everyone just won't work. Many like myself have a small
> space
> for only a small dish so I have to use a helix feed. Others cannot have a
> dish because of local covenants and must resort to a multiple helix
> or yagi. Others have to hide their antenna in the attic. I feel we can
> come
> up with a few models for antenna and feed that will satisfy most members
> at a reasonable cost. Concerning coax, I cannot count the hours I've
> researched the different brands and qualities of coax on the market. We
> should recommend to you what you need and where you can get it. LNA's are
> relatively inexpensive. Most, if not all, of you already have a computer.

> The system should be one that can be assembled with the same ease as
> connecting a stereo receiver and speakers. Don't give up. I am sad that
> other projects like HOMESeti are taking a front seat. Such projects are
> important, and I will eventually join in. But our involvement is such
> projects is passive. Kind of like being a fan at a sports event. I'd
> rather be a player on the field directly involved in the action. Thanks
> listening. Lee. Hardware.
I couldn't agree more, Lee. I don't begrudge others their participation in
the Seti@home project, but I would rather work on my own technology. In my
limited time, I would rather do our own Argus things. If I spent time on the
seti@home project, I would have less time to do the Argus things neccessary
to build my station.

John Marcus.