[amsat-bb] Re: Linear transponder versus FM transponder for LEO satellites

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Mon Nov 9 10:20:46 PST 2009

OZ1MY wrote:
> I think we should say thank you to our friends in SA for a new one.
> 73 OZ1MY
> Ib
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 
short-sighted amateurs.

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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