[amsat-bb] Re: JUBILEE and other frustrations

Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR] kenneth.g.ransom at nasa.gov
Thu May 29 07:46:59 PDT 2008

Seems that IF only a transmitter was included then you must not have
taken enough interest in seeing that more was included. Next time, you
should be willing to step up and ensure that a transceiver operation is
include. Try addressing the issue before the satellite leaves the launch
pad. If you still have no results, then you have a platform to complain

I'm also a bit concerned regarding the comment about "our frequencies".
Most of these satellites appear to be operating in the UHF spectrum
which amateur radio is not the primary or only group with allocations.

Kenneth - N5VHO

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 6:17 PM
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: JUBILEE and other frustrations


> > Honestly, if somebody has put a 45 kg amateur satellite into a 1,500
>plus orbit and has NOT included a
> > transponder,


There seems to be a proliferation of satellites using the Amateur 
bands as cheap down link frequencies,  and using Radio Amateurs as a 
cheap way of collecting their data. It is MY personal belief that a 
satellite should only use our hard-earned and much coveted 
frequencies if they REALLY do carry an Amateur Radio payload... I.E. 
a Transponder! , or, at the end of their commercial life, should be 
put to real amateur use, I.E. a Transponder, promised several times 
but not often delivered.

OK there are many out there who get satisfaction from getting signals 
from anything that is orbiting, to them, I raise my hat
BUT.. if it is in an amateur band, it should be a REAL amateur

This is my view, and I stand here to be shot down.....

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