[amsat-bb] Re: Phase 4

Stefan Wagener stefan_wagener at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 30 15:37:22 PST 2007


It is a great project and deserves our full support!

Having said that we also need to realize, that depending on the location of
the satellite above the equator we might only have the Americas in the foot
print. No Europe or Africa and no Asia. Since the first geostationary
satellite with amateur radio has to provide tangible support for government
agencies (funding source) it will certainly be primarily centered around a
North American footprint. That's why we need to keep Eagle alive and support
Phase 3E.

All together they will give us the full package of worldwide DX via
satellite and reliable high power communication in the Americas.

73. Stefan VE4NSA

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of John Marranca, Jr
Sent: October-30-07 3:59 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Phase 4

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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