[amsat-bb] Re: S band downlink second whack on P3E
dguimon1 at san.rr.com
Fri Sep 8 17:08:40 PDT 2006
Bob wrote: (clipped)
>As are many of us. That said, The S transmitter is not the primary
>mode of P3E. The S band transmitter on P3E will be hooked to a dish.
>This dish will have a half power beam width which will limit the
>usefulness of the S band transmitter to those times of nadir pointing.
First, let me apologize to all; if you will suffer thru me one more time.
Second, most important, if Bob McGwier were to say jump, my first
words would be: How high!!
When he left our organization a while back, I about had a heart
attack. If memory serves, we had the agony of losing several of his
caliber about the same time....I would assume (don't care to really
know), that some sort of politics were involved, but sure glad to see
Third, about the same time ECHO was proposed with an FM voice
channel. The mode, not the frequency is what I so adamantly objected
to. It purportedly would attract new members to help promote the
organization's well being. I said it would attract a bunch of 2
meter mentality cry babies,
easy-saters, never to advance above that level.....
See if you can find out from board members what ECHO did for our
membership numbers and/or donations to our larder...I can't.....
There is very little communication accomplished on Echo other than
grid square, name and callsign.
The technical challenge is equal to buying a 2 meter rig, and getting
on the numerous repeater strings around the country ?? world...
I got on ECHO shortly after it was launched, and got chewed out
because I was "dominating the bird" after maybe several minutes of
All ECHO communications seem to be here on the reflector, including
the basics: name, callsign and grid square......And the proponents
call that COMMUNICATIONS????
And if NASA wants to promote 2 meter ham communications, let them do
it...Why do some in our organization promote just that under the
guise of AMATEUR COMMUNICATIONS and/ or education??
It was not my intent to prefer any frequency or combination of
frequencies, just give us ssb/cw with some sort of bandwidth to
enable more than two users on a pass....
That said, I can certainly appreciate some user's concerns about the
mode S vs mode C choice.
Give me any of them...I'll kludge something together to get on it,
and to me that is what will keep my interest...P3E, Eagle, I'm
hoggish, I want them both!!
Now if someone could find away to get the money back that was
squandered on ECHO, it would give the EAGLE pot a heck of a boost.
I hate to make the statement, but I think AMSAT-NA is already down
the tubes, and AMSAT-DL is our only salvation.....
Orchids for ESA's support of AMSAT-DL, and onions for NASA's attempt
to lean on us!!!
73, Dave wb6llo at amsat.org
Disagree: I learn....
Pulling for P3E...
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