[amsat-bb] Re: Satellites need to be open source

Luc Leblanc lucleblanc6 at videotron.ca
Fri Nov 13 20:43:12 PST 2009

On 13 Nov 2009 at 18:04, John B. Stephensen wrote:

Date sent:      	Fri, 13 Nov 2009 18:04:52 +0000
From:           	"John B. Stephensen" <kd6ozh at comcast.net>
Subject:        	Re: [amsat-bb] Re: Satellites need to be open source
To:             	Luc Leblanc <lucleblanc6 at videotron.ca>, amsat-bb at amsat.org
Copies to:      	eu-amsat at yahoogroups.com

> Since you are in Canada you don't have to worry about U.S. laws.
> 73,
> John

Good question John

I can govern myself as i put my my head in the sand ignoring the rest of the world but i have a hobby who make's me communicate through a 
medium called "satellite" and those satellites ignore the frontier or the boundaries. There is a wide concensus about extending those 
geographical limitations using a satellite with a highly elliptical orbit namely called HEO. There is one in the making in Germany just 
near to be completed and a WORLDWIDE AMATEUR RADIO SPIRIT is needed to help them to complete and launch this new HEO.

I'm worried so much about amateur radio satellite that i suggested numerous ideas in the past in a way to help finding a replacement for AO-
40. Could be i'm wrong but i'm only asking AMSAT-NA and namely his BOD to disclose the papers/letters condemning AMSAT-NA and or his BOD or 
staff for ITAR violations.

I'm guessing at the last general AMSAT-NA  meeting the BOD put in the members assembly notes the copy of those letters from the ITAR 
afficionados? If not it will a great help for us and for all the US amateur radio operators to see where they can be wrong in their actions 
regarding ITAR.

You are right when you wrote "you don't have to worry about U.S. laws" it's not of my concern but i'm asking only for a disclosure of the 
condemning letter coming from ITAR about presuming rules violation by AMSAT-NA.

All the AMSAT financial report are already available on AMSAT-NA web site why not put copy of those letters on the web site? it will not 
hurt anyone but it will be a great help for all of those who wants to exchange stuff with US hams and probably numerous US hams who are 
probably in a huge void actually about what they can do or not.

When i got a speeding ticket i have a piece of paper and AMSAT-NA probably got one or two letters also?

What do you think about that John?


Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
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