[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT NA

John B. Stephensen kd6ozh at comcast.net
Tue Jul 15 18:29:19 PDT 2008

What most HEO users never fully realized (including me) was that they were 
the recipients of charity. Now that launches are commercial operations, the 
AMSATs have to pay the same as everyone else and HEOs are vastly more 
expensive than LEOs. The energy requirements are much larger and you can't 
just use a surplus SS-18 as a launch vehicle.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Tondee" <mat_62 at netcommander.com>
To: "Jim Danehy" <jdanehy at cinci.rr.com>; <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 22:34 UTC
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT NA

> It's been going on since I got here a couple of years ago Jim. For sure,
> everyone is anxious to see an HEO launched but some people feel the need 
> to
> get online and constantly whine about why we don't have one. I think there
> are a few folks on here that need to get a dictionary and look up the word
> "volunteer".
> People better start to realize that there are no guarantees. I would say
> that at the current rate of apparent progress that the AMSAT NA mission
> statement looks all wet. Prospects don't seem to be much better on P3E
> either. What good will it do to have a fully built satellite without the
> funds to launch it?
> I just try to enjoy what we've got up there and hope for the best in the
> future. In the end that's all we can really do isn't it? All the whining 
> in
> the world and the backhanded comments about AO-51 and the other FM sats
> aren't going to get the HEO birds up there any faster.
> 73,
> Michael W4HIJ
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jim Danehy" <jdanehy at cinci.rr.com>
> To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 4:27 PM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] AMSAT NA
>>I have been off the satellites for 25 years. I just spent a bunch of money
>>for antennas and rotors to get back on. After listening to all of the 
>>aching I wonder if I should join AMSAT (again). Maybe I should try EME . .
>>. .  the moon will be there long after I am gone. I have listened on AO 7
>>and VO 52 to test my 2 mtr yagis. I should be QRV soon. Belly aching just
>>looks bad even if it is warranted. I am not sure if it accomplishes much
>>other than venting for the vanquished. Human nature ugh. Lighten up folks.
>> Jim W9VNE
>> Cincinnati, Ohio em79
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