[amsat-bb] Re: "FO-29 performs well. Its a shame I often find myself the only one on during the pass "

PE0SAT pe0sat at vgnet.nl
Thu Jun 23 00:40:28 PDT 2011

Hi Thomas,

Great story. One thing I would like to add, you suggest Yahoo style,
what about a forum on for example the amsat website?

73 from another dinosaur - Jan PE0SAT

> On Wed, June 22, 2011 16:00, Thomas Doyle wrote:

> The following quote from John W9EN hit home with me.
> "FO-29 performs well.  Its a shame I often find myself the only one on
> during the pass "
> I am an AMSAT old timer (Amsat LM-0875) who had been inactive in ham radio
> for a decade or two. Recently
> I got back on the air. The easiest way to get back on the air was 2M/70cm
> repeaters. The activity level
> on the repeaters here in Madison is at an very low level. In the old days
> you could always find someone
> on the repeaters. I was a bit surprised to say the least.
> Back in the day I worked WAS on Oscar using scratch built transverters. I
> thought I might give the current
> satellites a try. I thought my gear was not working but I guess it is the
> low level of activity on the sats. The same
> situation occurred about 65 million years ago when the few remaining
> dinosaurs stood around and asked
> themselves - where is everybody. Today "everybody" is playing Angry Birds
> on
> their iWhatever or tweeting
> the fact that they are up and going to have breakfast soon.
> One thing that would help the satellite hobby is a more modern use of the
> internet for discussions. I searched
> for an Amsat yahoo group and could not find anything. Some sort of
> threaded
> discussion system with actual search
> capability like the yahoo groups would be much more useful than the
> current
> 'old school' listserv. Unfortunately
> the few people who read this will think I am nuts and that the current
> system works great - "for them". That is
> always the situation when something is in decline - the few remaining
> folks
> like things just fine the way they are.
> 73 tom W9KE
> P.S. the spell checker on my email system picked the word "transverters"
> as
> misspelled. It suggested "transvestites"
> as a possible correct spelling. I guess I am truly a dinosaur.
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With regards PE0SAT
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