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

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Wed Oct 14 09:53:30 PDT 2009

Sanford, Fred wrote:
> I hope that AMSAT NA does not use an 70cm uplink, because that band is not available for transmitting in all areas of the US.  I live near Cape Cod, MA and 70cm is not available for transmitting because of PAVE PAWS.
> Fred - KA1CQD
70 cms is actually the preferred uplink for a number of reasons, 
including less path loss on the downlink, less ground based QRM, and 
easier Doppler management. This was part of my lessons learned at LEO 
paper from the Symposium.

I'm aware that the FCC and DOD has restricted some repeaters that were 
causing interference to PAVE PAWS, but I'm not convinced your blanket 
statement about 70cms being completely off limits is accurate at all. 
There is plenty of activity on AO-7 and VO-52, and 432 terrestrial from 
that area now even. While you may not be able to transmit more than 50 
watts without the waiver, or below 15? degrees, thats about 10 times 
more than I'd expect necessary for this new satellite.

Can you point me towards more information on this prohibition?

73, Drew KO4MA

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