[amsat-bb] Re: There's no usable satellites

Alan Cresswell alancresswell at xtra.co.nz
Mon Oct 24 15:09:51 PDT 2011

Unfortunately it seems that this sort of posting has become almost the norm
on this bb.  The attitude that my way is the only way and your way is a load
of rubbish and to prove it I will produce caricature of your way which shows
how simple minded you are.
So those who operate computer controlled stations buy everything and have
apparently never built anything in their lives.
Cubesats become beepsats which are poorly built and never operate in orbit
and the builders don't care.
FMsats are the realm of poor operators and the linear sats are the only way
to go.
LEO,s are a waste of time and HEO is all that matters.  etc. etc.

I am old enough to remember when there was such a thing as "The Amateurs
Code".  Article 4 stated that "Kindly assistance, cooperation and
consideration for the interests of others; these are the marks of the
amateur spirit." Presumably written at a time when diversity of interests
was celebrated and not denigrated. 
Oh well, I guess I am just living in the past.


-----Original Message-----
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Behalf Of Gordon JC Pearce
Sent: Monday, 24 October 2011 16:29
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: There's no usable satellites

On Mon, 24 Oct 2011 10:47:00 -0500
John Becker <w0jab at big-river.net> wrote:

> I got to agree with you.
> The FM sat's in my option is near useless with all the 
> "using them famous words of the late W2OY"
> Just way to many "kids, lids and space cadets "
> Standing in their back yard on a FM HT.

Standing in your back yard with an FM handie and a homebrew antenna is a
great way to communicate, and I'd recommend it to anyone.  It takes skill to
build a decent aerial, build a diplexer, set it all up and work out where to
point.  These are skills that anyone can learn, if they choose to.  Where's
the skill in the "armchair copy" computer-controlled stuff?  You buy some
aerials, buy the brackets, buy a rotator, buy a CAT cable, buy some
proprietary software to drive it, and then plug it together.  If you can
wave a credit card and click through the install wizard, you're on the air.

> Pass after pass it seems to always to be the same people.

Yup, it's nice being able to catch up with friends in another country,
quickly and easily.

> Sure do (still) miss AO-40....

If you want to sit in front of your computer and have it steer the aerial
and do all the tuning, then that's great.  You could get the same effect by
using Skype.

I honestly cannot see the attraction in HEO satellites, and I *am* old
enough to have experienced them when they were working.  Maybe there's
something subtle I'm missing, I don't know.  I just don't get it.

Gordon JC Pearce MM0YEQ <gordonjcp at gjcp.net>
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