[amsat-bb] Re: Organised Chaos.
bbj at innismir.net
Wed May 14 13:52:20 PDT 2008
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Dave Guimont wrote:
| John, the operation of FM voice satellites is a travesty for ham radio...
That's your opinion. State it as such.
| It is pretty obvious NO COMMUNICATION exists on AO51,
| all of their communication is on here. Why do they bother to turn
| the radio on???
I'm approaching 100 QSOs on FM sats and can average about 3-4 per pass.
I don't understand what the communication issues you are having. I
practice courteous communication and evangelize to others to do the same.
| Many of us attended AMSAT a lot conventions in an attempt to
| discourage throwing that money "down the tubes" on FM voice, to no
| avail. Someone had an "ax to grind", and several of the existing
| "powers that be" in AMSAT-NA told me to "mind my own business". They
| were obviously the "ax grinders".
<rant>Yes. Let's toss our money on sats that only a select few people
with special equipment (e.g. stuff that a new Ham would not have access
to) that ought to show those plebian FM operators.</rant>
Your complaint is that the FM sats are in over-used and that SSB
satellites are less crowded. Such a statement points to the fact that
more money should be focused on FM sats rather the SSB as it would
"reach" the most people.
| FM voice on the amateur satellites is about equal to the same degree
| of difficulty as a cell phone operation!
With the amount of people posting on here (and some lurking) that having
difficulty getting "on" AO-51, that statement is ludicrous.
| No wonder our membership is deteriorating.
Perhaps the solution is *MORE* FM sats, rather then less. The more FM
birds in orbit the less people per bird. Or perhaps the reason
membership is deteriorating are the attitudes give to us lowly FM operators.
Ben Jackson - N1WBV - New Bedford, MA
bbj <at> innismir.net - http://www.innismir.net/
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