[amsat-bb] Re: ISS crew ham contacts?

Edward Cole kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Thu Dec 20 00:53:38 PST 2007

Radio = boring

Launch your own satellite = wow!  Send your own voice/photos to the 
Moon, Mars, ...
How about radio controlled robots?  On the Moon?
Track your own rocket?  Balloon
Throw APRS into the dog's saddle bags = find out where he goes?
Throw APRS on your boy/girl friend's car/bicycle = find out where they go?
Talk with Astronauts = OK this is already done

All things that can be done with ham radio!  Think outside the rice-box!

73 Ed - KL7UW

At 05:58 PM 12/19/2007, Joe Fitzgerald wrote:
>Nate Duehr wrote:
> >
> >   The
> > percentage that find radio interesting for radio (instead of the more
> > common, "Wow you can talk to someone far away!" astonishment of the
> > past), even when invited to a ham shack to see it in person, is
> > diminishing, and I'm not sure that trend will slow down anytime soon.
> >
> >
>Well, it is a tough sell from the communication only standpoint.   My
>thesis is that we must sell ham radio on the idea that we can do our
>communication without the benefit of the infrastructure of billion
>dollar multinational corporations, but rather with our own equipment and
>the ionosphere (or the transponder that my fellow hams built) and know
>how.  And when we are finished building our stations to allow us to talk
>to those hams on the other side of the world, what do we talk about?
>Our radios, antennas, transponders and/or the ionosphere!
> > .  I want to know how they get the
> > bandwidth up and down on the IP network!  (GRIN)  Is that a TDRSS
> > function?
> >
> >
>I am almost certain that it is, although now that you mention it I also
>wonder how they deal with latency.
>-Joe KM1P
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