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

Dave Guimont dguimon1 at san.rr.com
Thu Sep 7 20:01:04 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?
AMEN, Roger!

And to the dozens that have already answered you, and the hundreds 
that will.....

If this sounds like an "I TOLD YOU  SO", it just may be, if the shoe 
fits wear it...

When ECHO was first proposed many years ago I opposed it violently, 
and was promptly ostracized
by  many of the AMSAT-NA leaders at that time....So be it, my 
shoulders are broad...The proponents of ECHO maintained an easy-sat, 
with minimal investment, and I was vociferous in my opposition that 
they were KILLING interest in ham radio satellites in the US, and 
perhaps elsewhere.

I am not a rocket scientist or an engineer, but have operated every 
mode I could afford since I was licensed in 1952, and I based my 
decisions on the fact that I KNOW ham radio operators...98% of them 
WANT  a challenge to pursue, and that they were appealing to about 2% of them.

I got interested in OPERATING amateur satellites.  I had listened to 
Oscar 1, when I was still on active duty as Navy pilot...with no 
chance to set up transmit capability...

My first contact on Oscar 7 in 1980 required a total investment of 
about $90.  I pulled the finals on a SWAN 500, to use as an exciter 
for a homebrew converter...an HQ180 for the 10M downlink, homebrew 
antennas in both directions.  It wasn't fancy, but it worked, and 
I've managed to work every satellite in every mode that has ever been 
launched since......

I predicted the end of AMSAT-NA, at that time, and now it looks as 
tho it is coming true, UNFORTUNATELY...many of us "old goats" like 
myself have long since deserted.

Appeal to the "2 meter mentality" as I call it, and that is what we 
are winding up with....

I got on "S" band just like the hundreds of other out there, could 
still be done.

If we quit promoting the stupid space station contacts as having 
anything to do with ham radio...
that is a bill of goods, also...ESA supports satellite amateur 
radio....some in this organization  are promoting NASA, I assume to 
feather their own nest.

At the ultimate expense of amateur satellite radio all over the world...

Get off the dime feather merchants...

            73, Dave wb6llo at amsat.org
                    Disagree: I learn....

               Pulling for P3E... 

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