[amsat-bb] Re: S band downlink on P3E
rwmcgwier at comcast.net
Sat Sep 9 09:08:24 PDT 2006
There is no blackmail involved. I am capable of doing many different
things. YOU elect the board of directors and they will choose the
direction of the organization given your input and their own personal
biases. <I> choose whether or not their goals and directions interest
me enough to participate. If they choose a direction I absolutely
believe to be bad for amateur radio and the organization, why would I
take my valuable volunteer time to support it? It is a simple statement
of facts. I am uninterested in doing what I think is wrong. I support
P3E. I think it is the right thing for now. I do not support a
duplicate of P3E because I do not want to attempt to hit the magic
inclination with a 2000 m/s set of burns and I want to be able to
support transponder operations on all major packages 24 hours a day, 7
days a week. If we do not do this, we are not answering the AMSAT
vision statement which says that is what we will do. I am attempting
to lead the engineering VOLUNTEERS to volunteer to meet that goal. If
the organization does not wish to support that, my leadership is
ineffective, and while I can help the organization, my time and
talents are in demand elsewhere and they will be better served and will
have a greater impact on amateur radio. I do not wish to duplicate that
which was designed in 1980 for a complete different era. The phase 3
program is an engineering marvel. It is essentially one man's absolute
genius (Karl) incarnated and captured to varying degrees by the rest of
us as the supporting cast. But I do not believe it is appropriate for
2010-2020 given the launch environment, the RF environment, and the
legal environment. The frame is too small to support the antennas
required to use multiple satellites even to support 7/24 operations.
We need a larger frame to support the phased arrays to meet the 70%
availability and on and on and on.
I am not emotional about these engineering decisions. I get emotional
when people do not use the minds they have been given and allow people
who are no longer even members of our organization drive a debate.
I will support the organization with time and talents and continue to
support it with my donations but I will not support it making poor
decisions with those same time and talents even as I continue to support
it with money. I will use what little ability I have elsewhere where it
is effective if we make what in my mind are wrong decisions. That is my
right. It has nothing to do with blackmail. It is a simple statement
of fact. I cannot be effective if I do not believe in the job.
Luc Leblanc VE2DWE wrote:
> I wrote:
> If AMSAT-NA is building sats in close circle they just have to openly admitted it
> even if admission is not a very spoken word.
> Things seems to evoluate! and evolution often passed by revolution. We learn once upon the time
> years ago some south the border choose to make a revolution as they seems it was the only one way
> to achieve their goals. Are we starting to learn from the past?
> He wrote
>> I am not interested in flying a carbon copy of P3E
>> when I know it makes no sense whatsoever.
> I wrote:
> Who is driving AMSAT-NA an hollow BOD? an hollow president? Or a third builders
> manipulating wing
> who blackmail the BOD?
> None of them? I let the conclusion yours!
AMSAT VP Engineering. Member: ARRL, AMSAT-DL, TAPR, Packrats,
NJQRP/AMQRP, QRP ARCI, QCWA, FRC. ARRL SDR Wrk Grp Chairman
"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat.
You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los
Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly
the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there.
The only difference is that there is no cat." - Einstein
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