[amsat-bb] Re: August AO-51 schedule is up!
vk3jed at gmail.com
Mon Jul 30 21:37:30 PDT 2007
At 01:50 PM 7/31/2007, Greg D. wrote:
>Wow, thanks Drew!
>What other hobby on the planet can you order up your own personal spaceship
>(at least, the illusion of it, part time). I feel so powerful!
LOL, I know that feeling. I was doing the scheduling for SO-35 in
this part of the world for a few months, until its untimely
demise. By making use of my local knowledge, I was able to give a
better experience for local hams and take the load off the
controllers - they only had to take my times and add that to master
schedule on the next command run.
It also had the side effect that I was able to present more
information to prospective satellite operators, like AOS, LOS and
roughly where in the sky the bird would be during active passes, so a
newbie could come up on the air without needing to do more than look
at my site.
I also took requests from users into account, when they came. It was
a bit of work every couple weeks (especially the presentation side
for the web, a LOT of running pass predictions and typing), but it
did help a number of people.
73 de VK3JED
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