[amsat-bb] Re: geo stationary bird

Michael Tondee mat_62 at netcommander.com
Wed Oct 31 11:52:05 PST 2007

 This is kind of along the lines of what I was thinking. Please don't 
get me wrong, I think AMSAT has an excellent opportunity here  but won't 
this take some of the challenge out of things? I missed AO-40 altogether 
and I'm not active now because I had to sell my equipment  but what 
originally drew me to sat operation in the first place was the challenge 
and thrill of working birds like the LEO linear and FM birds. I enjoy 
watching the footprint move across my PC screen. Heck, sometimes I just 
liked to go out on the deck on a not particularly good pass and watch 
the antennas track! I'll certainly be back in business for 
geostationary  piggy back systems and use them but I'm thinking it will 
seem rather ordinary. Any ham who is capable of pointing an antenna to a 
fixed spot can become satellite active. I know, I know, thats good but 
it also takes away some of the novelty of it. I guess we can still 
challenge ourselves with P3E.
Again, please don't misconstrue my intention here, I'm not meaning to 
criticize or complain, I'm just making an observation.
Michael, W4HIJ
w7lrd at comcast.net wrote:
> Hello
> To play the devils advocate for a moment.  
> With a geo (stuck) sattelite we are pretty much stuck with the same foot print forever.  Unless of course there is some sort of cross linking in the future.  I very fondly recall AO-40 and bringing it up on my computer and seeing where the foot print was today.  Maybe it's the Europeans or perhaps the VK's, ZL's (love their accent), or maybe some JA's, (practice my Japanese).  At some time, I knew I could cover the whole planet.  I do of course believe this is an excellent opportunity, though there are a some limitations.
> --
> 73 Bob W7LRD 
> AMSAT member 28498 
> Seattle
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