[amsat-bb] post that dudnt go

Kevin Deane summit496 at live.com
Mon Sep 26 21:51:34 PDT 2011

Hello From Don KA9QJG   , Hope Everyone is doing Well I have Heard and Read and ask a lot of Questions about Hams using the Oscar Sub Band 144.3-144.5 and as You can guess I Got a lot of Opinions From the ARRL, FCC   And others, So I thought the Best thing to go was to actually get the Answers from You the users.
Yes I know that  and as a Responsible Ham I think We all should use the Guidelines , But in this Case  From what I have found the Oscar Sats have not been on the Air since in Many Years ,  and NO Other Sats or ISS Is using the Freqs or set aside for them ,  So  a Lot of Hams in the US are using the Freqs for  FM/ SSB  CW  DIGTAL  And Look the Well Established APRS 

And long time and still used 144.34 FM for Conducting ATV   And I have seen on the Internet Some States actually adding the 144.300-144.5 As Simplex FM 
The Problem is I have Heard People Jamming and Arguments about this over the Air   , I have even seen on the Internet when doing searches for Info Some States even include this NON Used 144.300  TO 144.500 For  FM Simplex Etc..    Because NO Oscar Sats Exist or Nothing else to Interfere with But I agree 100Percent if there Was  the Freqs should NOT Be used for anything other then what it was intended for 
Thanks 73 
De Don KA9QJG 
PS as You know We have a lot of older Hams kind of set in their ways and the New ones Are Listening and looking for ways to Fit in, and We need as Many New Responsible Hams in this Hobby as We can get But How Could We get on these Freqs Some are using and Say Hey We are not allowed here Because of the Oscar Sub Band Something that has been Gone for over 20 Yrs 


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