[amsat-bb] Re: Why do the amsats get more and more complex?

Steve Meuse smeuse at mara.org
Tue Sep 19 13:40:53 PDT 2006

Tim Tapio expunged (k4shf at k4shf.com):

> Interesting to note, our local repeater doesn't see the need to continually
> push the envelope, yet when we put one on a spacecraft, we seem to need the
> latest technology, not always available to the ham that just wants to go out
> in the backyard and operate without having to spend umpteen dollars to build
> up a station.  

This is a classic argument. Let's step into a time machine for a moment...

"Phone? AM Phone? Who needs that fancy technology, CW is more than enough!"  -CW op 

"Single Sideband? Hogwash! AM does more than enough for me!" -AM op

"Digital voice? Who needs it! My 2.4khz wide SSB signal is fine!!"  -SSB op

"PSK31? That's not real ham radio!! I want to talk in my QSO!!"  -Most cranky old timers

> Like the guy working HF with a simple transceiver and a
> vertical, some of us just want to operate and don't have the
> time/interest/money to spend building the station it requires to work some
> of the more exotic modes.  I haven't seen any L band radios in my price
> range and S band seems to have lost interest (even though I'm told it was
> pretty simple to get on to)
> My $.02 as a new operator.

You get out what you put into the hobby. That is a universal truth in life, IMHO.


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