[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT Symposium News Posted to the Web

Luc Leblanc lucleblanc6 at videotron.ca
Tue Oct 13 08:05:59 PDT 2009

"The new AMSAT CubeSat's initial capability is planned to add to the popular low-earth orbit FM transponder fleet
allowing hams to continue to use their existing handheld and portable antenna systems. This also continues the accessible
entry path for new satellite operators to get started. The existing FM satellites are starting to show their age."

It was widely admitted that AO-51 was a mistake years ago as a transponder type satellite should have been chosen instead of a single 
channel satellite.

IMHO There ia already enough capabilities with the existing fleet SO-50 AO-51 AO-27 ISS cross band repeater for an entry class satellite 
plus many cubes in the making as arisat-1. What we lack is a HEO or some AO-07 like satellite with transponder who will make 
transcontinental QSO'S possible. Theses one channel satellite are a waste of money compare to a transponder type as many simultaneous QSO'S 
can be achieved at the same time.

But theses issues where widely discussed in the past and i'm guessing the AMSAT symposium attendance widely clapped at this announcement!!!

What AMSAT-NA will be in the next years " HANDHELD CLUB" as written " to continue to use their existing handheld and portable antenna 

Wrong direction again 180 degrees of the logical course again!

P.S. It is obvious this variation on the same subject proposal will have plenty of time to evolved or to be put in real service only to be 
replaced by other new proposals. it is  the dog running after his tails syndrome who prevail again. Bottom line is another deceptive 
unrealistic proposal IMHO.

Feel free to agree or disagree but the shrinking AMSAT-NA membership is probably what's is triggering theses proposals a king of safety 
buoy for the BOD to avoid drowning the whole crew and her ship.

Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
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