[amsat-bb] Re: Linear transponder versus FM transponder for LEO satellites
glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Mon Nov 9 10:20:46 PST 2009
> I think we should say thank you to our friends in SA for a new one.
> 73 OZ1MY
Well said, Ib!
In the US we have an old saying, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth".
It means do not be critical of others' generosity. It applies here. The
Sumbandila team could have just ignored the amateurs and left no room
for a secondary payload. As I understand it the repeater makes use of
their secondary command and control radio system, which is likely why it
is FM based. Frankly I am embarrassed by the complaining and such that
has been posted on their blog and here on the -bb by a very few
There are more university sized satellites being launched every year.
Instead of complaining about this or that, how about building some
hardware and offering it to these projects. Offer to help them with some
problem they have, and perhaps they will help us with our need to get
payloads into orbit.
73, Drew KO4MA
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