[amsat-bb] Re: S band downlink on P3E

Roger Kolakowski rogerkola at aol.com
Thu Sep 7 14:33:24 PDT 2006

Didn't they just "survey" the membership one year ago? If the surveys aren't
going to be on topic or considered in the final decision as to band
preference, why not save the money for more worthwhile ventures?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve Meuse" <smeuse at mara.org>
To: "Andrew Glasbrenner" <glasbrenner at mindspring.com>
Cc: "'AMSAT'" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 4:19 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: S band downlink on P3E

> Andrew Glasbrenner expunged (glasbrenner at mindspring.com):
> > Everyone knows I'm a big supporter of AMSAT, but I gotta call it as I
> > it. It makes me think of "bait and switch" to collect money for a
> > featuring such a popular mode and then drop it.
> I'm somewhat glad that AO40 ended up with it's only downlink on S band. It
forced me to educate myself on microwaves. Thanks to that unfortunate
accident, I'm now active on all bands up to 10Ghz.
> When I saw the latest band layout I was dissapointed.
> I know the builders have a constant struggle between building something
that is usable vs. something that advances the state of the art. I just
think that the majority of people realized that S band was easy, therefore
very usable. CC Rider was a huge step forward for us, even if it wasn't
eventually doable. Going back to V/U modes seems to me taking a step
backward to me.
> I don't want to seem negative, I really appreciate every ounce of work the
builders put in, I just think maybe they need to take a little more input
from the active community before the set things in motion.
> -Steve
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