[amsat-bb] HEO naivete

w7lrd@comcast.net w7lrd at comcast.net
Fri Feb 6 12:41:14 PST 2009


I have never complained on this BB before.   However, I do have a fair amount of naivete (as many of us) regarding our next HEO.  The lack of information from AMSAT as well from our DL friends is frustraiting.  I read  in the news about many  countries sending up satellites virtually every few weeks. .   The shuttle is going up every few months.  With all this traffic why can't we get a ride?   I know it's all about money.   In the latest AMSAT Journal there is an article talking about using frequencies at 5650 and 3400Mhz.  Talk about scarr ing  away curr e n t members let alone attracting new ones.  AO-40 (sobsob) was supposed to be the best of the best for everyone.  The current mentality seems to be to put all our "over the top" technology in one basket.  I subscribe to the KISS (keep it simple stupid) principle regarding my ham radio endeavors.  An example, when L or S mode is open on AO-51 how many are there?  Yes, I pay my dues, buy AMSAT shirts,  and contribute to the  Presidents Club fu nding, and can be found on many of our satellites.  I build and sell antennas  and send a portion of those proceeds to AMSAT.  I believe I have  earned the right to complain.  I have read the background of many of our members and BOD, we indeed have many  very smart educated people  in high places.  Am I naive about the details?  No doubt.  I'm just a retired old ham with a back yard full of unuseable antennas, and a lack of comprehenson about what is going on (or not).  If this diatribe is all wet I can take the slings and arrows.  Talk to me about it on AO-7. 

73 Bob W7LRD 

AMSAT 28498 


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