[amsat-bb] Re: Was HEO naivete; now GEO rideshare frequency choice, etc.

Rocky Jones orbitjet at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 8 11:47:37 PST 2009

> 73, Drew KO4MA 
Drew and the group
Thanks again for your well thought out reply.  I would just respond with a few things that had "I" been in the board meeting I would have said.

1. I dont think that appealing to "the young people" or the "computer generation" is a viable means to increase our ranks.  First off the "kids" (under 25 for me) of today almost have unlimited data transfer capability with cell type equipment...and that is going to do nothing but grow even during an economic turndown.  My twin girls on their "youngster cruise" were continually sending back "video's" of their experience, even on the boat.  And that was a few years ago.  

My impression is that the market is the same as it has always been...kids who get interested in "radio" (not computers) and parents who have the time and money to spare in such an activity.  I think that there is some validity in the "how difficult is it to get on the satellite" metric...but I think one reason that the LEO FM birds are what they are an Oscar 7is what it is in terms of people is that the equipment for the LEO FM birds is acquirable for under 200 dollars AND has uses other places...

2.  In other words Ithink that the issue with the sats is primarily the cost of acquisition of equipment AND what its use is when the sats are not "up" (or working).  No science or polls behind that...just my viewpoint.

3) Where I think that hamsats went off the wrong end was AO-40....it was to many eggs in one basket, to much money was spent on the "supersat" and far far to much was expected in terms of technical expertise of the staff that was putting it together.  I realize one cannot get to the orbit the bird was designed for without propulsion, but it is clear that propulsion is rocket science and that was the fatal flaw of 40...or probably any "amateur effort"...unless we get some very talented volunteer "rocket scientist".  

Without a ride to the appropriate orbit that might be the fatal link in any future HEO.  But in any event more smaller birds to me make more sense then "one big one".  And if we cannot get that for various reasons...more AO-7's in my view are the answer.

Oh well I learned a long time ago that the joy in life was changing the things you could change and just dealing with what one cannot...and that for me just is using the sats that are 'there' and having a ball at it.

thanks again for your time and allowing me to bend your ear.  I use to be The President of my Community Association so I realize what a thankless job you and the AMSAT board have.


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