[amsat-bb] HEO naivete
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
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