[amsat-bb] Re: perfect groundtrack contest

Bob- W7LRD w7lrd at comcast.net
Fri Jun 15 14:18:46 PDT 2012

I have also "wondered" if any of the older commercial surplus satellites can be "reprogrammed"  for our use.  I realized that idea is no doubt an over simplification.  Today's speculation can be tomorrows reality. 

73 Bob W7LRD 

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From: "Howie DeFelice" <howied231 at hotmail.com> 
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org, tomdoyle1948 at gmail.com 
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 12:48:06 PM 
Subject: [amsat-bb] perfect groundtrack contest 

I vote for Intelsat G-11 at 304.5 deg E. This is a Ku band only bird, however, the semi-retired Intelsat 805, which is co-located with this sat has a global C band beam with a downlink that extends into the amateur 9cm satellite band (3400-3410 MHz). I often wondered if Intelsat would consider "donating" a few Khz  to AMSAT. We could then tie a single, commercially licensed uplink station via echolink and hear it on the 9cm downlink. At least it would be a reason for people to use the 9cm band before it's taken away for the latest mobile broadband gizmo. 

Howie AB2S 
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