[amsat-bb] Re: Bickering ...

n0jy@lavabit.com n0jy at lavabit.com
Thu Aug 4 11:27:25 PDT 2011


I spent the last two days building and putting up a temporary NVIS antenna
for 60 meters that I needed for a R.A.C.E.S. exercise that took place
yesterday.
I used insulated wire, hose clamps, two telescoping pool cleaning poles, 4
random sections of TV antenna mast, some PVC pipe, some wood, hose clamps,
and cable ties.  I whacked the poles into things while moving them,
scraped some doors, smashed a finger, left cut cable ties all over the
yard, twisted the wires, pulled down one end support trying to put up the
other, lost cable ties, and slightly bent a small bit of my backyard
fence.

If I had been on TV while doing this and I had to undergo the same
scrutiny given the ARISSat launch by some in this crowd, I would no doubt
be considered to be the clumsiest person on earth with no idea what I was
doing and no clue how to do it.
But you would not have been there in the 108 degree heat, to appreciate
the amount of effort necessary to get this done by one person in a short
period of time, with limited resources.

And the antenna worked well, and accomplished its mission.

So has ARISSat.

If you didn't put it together and you didn't launch it... don't tell those
who did, how they should have done it.  Thank you.

It's good to see those here who are focusing their energy on the rewards
and celebrating the success, rather than complaining about the perceived
mishandling (a.k.a. backseat driving).
I watched the launch while we were doing our exercise, and I can't wait to
get my opportunity to hear and work ARISSat this weekend when I'm not
stuck at work!!!

Until then, jealously enjoying reading your reports.

73
Jerry
N0JY






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