[amsat-bb] Re: [Satellites] RE: AMSAT???
lucleblanc6 at videotron.ca
Mon Jan 26 11:20:05 PST 2009
>From e-ham net where the action shiffted to:)
My comments in the text
> Posted By KD5NJR
> I believe there is a single paid employee (Martha) in "all of AMSAT".
Yep we here in Canada we lost at RAC the equivalent in the name of the late Debbie Norman VA3RGM
General Manager. A dedicated women as Martha
> It's just a volunteer organization. They have their hands full just getting the newsletter out.
Probably the only one AMSAT membership tangible assets actually
> Here below is one way to explain the inaction you perceive.
> 1) The early OSCARS rode for free as balast.
There was also ballast in the last JAXA launch...
> 2) Now they don't. Mass = money.
If we add up the total mass of the cubes already in space EAGLE AND P3E should already be in space
> 3a) Donors = money
Yep but they need more than a journal and an annual general meeting/show
> 3b) Donations = eager (cranky?) satellite users.
Yep they want to make QSO ON AN AMATEUR SATELLITE FOR MORE THAN 15 MINUTES PER PASS
> 4) These users want long (hours, not seconds), DX QSOs.
Yep see above
> 5a) So, there is a lot of pressure to employ frequencies and modulation schemes that can service the greatest number of users / kilogram. And they want that package in a high (long duration) orbit.
Yep we agree here also
> 5b) There is resistance to above when it means building / buying new ground station equipment for the end users. Years were spent in discussion on these points.
Stay in a KISS configuration and keep the fancy and exotic mode for a later launch
> 6) The lab was mothballed for a while after AO-40.
I keep mine away from mothballed as i recycle them on LEO'S and it helps to justify the junk in my backyard to my wife eyes...we never
know! see this http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338706/ A good week end film to watch;)
> From when I got my ticket until last year (trying to cut back on costs) I was paid up on ARRL and AMSAT. Did the FMsat and PCSat thing. I have my IC-910. Listening for a clear game plan.
> Then, I'll resume donations and collecting hardware for my station.
Who comes first syndrome the egg or the chicken?
Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
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