[amsat-bb] Re: RS14/Oscar 21

Trevor m5aka at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Dec 9 12:54:42 PST 2007

--- "John Marranca, Jr" <KB2HSH at amsat.org> wrote:
> You are correct in suggesting that new satellites be built.  In taking a
> count this morning, it seems that the number of "normally and regularly
> operating" satellites is dwindling.  I count 3 FM satellites, 2 linear
> transponders, and 4 APRS/PacSats...with one that will be re-entering, one
> that will be hibernating, one that isn't consistent, and one that is still a
> bloody mystery to me (GO-32)...hihi.  
> In the interim, I think we need simple satellites that work.

I would also add the important proviso that we need them in an orbit that
enables "DX" working. Most Amateur satellites launched in the past 30 years
have gone into very low 600 - 1000 km orbits which have limited pass times and
limited DX possibilities. 

The 1500 km orbit of Oscar's 6 and 7 proved very popular as did the 2000km
orbit of RS-15. 

The problem is that so few launchers go up to those orbits. 

73 Trevor M5AKA

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