[amsat-bb] Phase 4

John Marranca, Jr KB2HSH at amsat.org
Tue Oct 30 12:58:42 PST 2007

Say it isn't so.

Say it's just a dream....

Just this past weekend, I was reading an OLD QST from 1974 that had
mentioned the notion that AMSAT wanted a geo-synch satellite by 1975.  How
amazing.  The thought was kicked around on a local AMSAT 2-meter net in the
early 1990 (back during the Mode K days of yore).

Imagine...ULTRA RELIABLE DX...24 hours per day.  Those with antenna
restrictions or home-owner's covenants could be QRV.  And if the up/down
links were UHF and above, a pair of helices could be used INSIDE, pointing
through a window....

Just a thought, though.  What about our European and Asian friends?  Could
facilities be included so that geo-synchs over their respective footprints
could be linked?  Or possibly the satellite being "parked" over an area that
could include the US and Europe?  I realize that it is all dependent on the
space that the host bird has.

This is truly exciting!



John Marranca, Jr
PBX Technician/Shop Steward CWA Local 1122
BN Systems, Inc
Orchard Park, NY

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