[sarex] Re: A letter to myself...

Lou McFadin w5did at me.com
Thu Nov 26 16:05:54 PST 2009

That is definately a rumour. It simply hasn't Been decided yet. The  
next project which is in the works is to make arrangements for power  
for whatever is decided upon.

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On Nov 26, 2009, at 17:58, Thomas Frey <th.frey at vtxmail.ch> wrote:

> Luc and Lou
> I "heard" that the ATV experiment, for which the L/S antennas was  
> built, died
> concerning a discordancy of two ATV groups. The one liked to have  
> analogue ATV,
> the other group liked to have DATV. But this could be a rumour.
> As you know, without informations there will rumours float around.
> Louis McFadin schrieb:
>> Luc,
>> The ARISS VHF/UHF antennas were funded entirely by AMSAT-NA and  
>> some volunteers. Would you you like to join the ranks of those who  
>> contributed? If so you know how to contact Martha.
>> What are you implying here?
>> Of course you seemed to miss the part about the V and U antennas  
>> and the "and volunteers" as opposed to the L&  S antennas which  
>> were a separate project conducted by the ARISS Europe team. The L&   
>> S antennas were especially difficult since they had to withstand  
>> the launch environment of the Shuttle payload bay. I think the  
>> ARISS Europe team overcame very difficult obstacles including  
>> technical and financial. They are to be commended for their work  
>> and tenacity. The operative thing here is performance and  
>> achievement rather than talk.
>> On Nov 26, 2009, at 5:21 AM, Luc Leblanc wrote:
>>> On 25 Nov 2009 at 23:50, Bob- W7LRD wrote:
>>> Date sent:          Wed, 25 Nov 2009 23:50:37 +0000 (UTC)
>>> From:               Bob- W7LRD<w7lrd at comcast.net>
>>> Subject:            [amsat-bb]  Iceland!!
>>> To:                 amsat-bb at amsat.org
>>>> Hello all AO-7 fans
>>>> I just recently worked Ari-TF3ARI.  After several emails and a  
>>>> few false starts we connected on old AO-7.
>>> The footprint from TF will cover most of the U.S.!  Another good  
>>> reason to get on old AO-7!
>>>> I'm sure he will eventually get to meet most of the "regulars".
>>>> 73 Bob W7LRD
>>>> Washington State AMSAT area coordinator
>>> Hi Bob
>>> i'm asking myself a couple of questions that i will share with you  
>>> all.
>>> We can all deduct from your experience that a higher orbit  
>>> increased the earth footprint. Adding more and more low orbit sat  
>>> will not help
>>> any US continental operator to extend their contact zone beyond  
>>> North America condemning them to continental QSO'S.
>>> When AMSAT-NA Says "We're Going Back to Space  to add to the  
>>> popular low-earth orbit FM transponder fleet" are they misleading  
>>> their
>>> membership or are they using the wrong words? as the definition of  
>>> "popular" is something favoured by an individual or limited group  
>>> does
>>> not implies it is so popular for the vast majority of another group.
>>> If this "Going back to space" is only mean "allowing hams to  
>>> continue to use their existing handheld and portable antenna  
>>> systems"
>>> regardless of their communication range. It should also be stated  
>>> clearly.  As it was written on the AMSAT-NA web page "This also  
>>> continues
>>> the accessible entry path for new satellite operators to get  
>>> started." it should also be clearly stated it will be not only an  
>>> accessible
>>> entry path but the only one path for them condemning them in an  
>>> "entry class" forever when they are used to world-wide contacts on  
>>> HF and
>>> or DSTAR.
>>> If the attraction pole is only focused on an entry class satellite  
>>> and on the the replacement of the existing FM satellites fleet who  
>>> are
>>> starting to show their age.  can we say it is a poor man choice?  
>>> Yes it's fun to chase grids and roving along the roads making them
>>> available but fox hunting can be as rewarded too as geo caching  
>>> is!  What is the next step after the "entry class"? The void?
>>> Any short term vision can only lead to short term endeavour, it's  
>>> a way to buy some time making by analogy a bunch of people playing  
>>> in
>>> their small backyard where there is only one 2 places swing set.  
>>> It is a disaster recipe in a small backyard full of children  
>>> developing
>>> more frustration than the playing benefits. Can we extend this  
>>> analogy to this "Going back to space"  IMHO a bad choice of words.
>>> Again it is only my own questioning triggered by an already  
>>> existing world-wide class satellite project called P3E. There is  
>>> no mention of
>>> it in this AMSAT-NA going back to space new deal as if they are in  
>>> a closed shell or as they are shrinking on themselves. It is a  
>>> sign of
>>> the time it is so nice in our lazy boy the easy way some will  
>>> probably says the only one way depending of their state on mind  
>>> and will.
>>> Speaking of bad words choices what about the new  Ham Antenna  
>>> Installed on the ISS Columbus Module quote "Lou congratulated the  
>>> team, "This
>>> is an example of what can be achieved by volunteer hams working  
>>> closely with a space agency. This antenna project was funded  
>>> entirely by
>>> That's fine but i remember sending some $$ in 2007 as donations  
>>> where urgently Needed to Get ISS Columbus Module Amateur Radio- 
>>> Ready. At
>>> the time they called for money quote "The total project cost is  
>>> 80,000 Euros (approximately $106,500). Amateur Radio on the  
>>> International
>>> Space Station (ARISS) Vice Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, says a  
>>> payment of 9000 Euros (approximately $12,000) is due this month.  
>>> ARISS-
>>> Europe remains 4000 Euros (approximately $5330) shy of that goal,  
>>> however, and time is short to have it in place.
>>> You can read the whole article on:     http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/03/21/100/?nc=1
>>> A bank account was also open:
>>> "Bank Account Established
>>> AMSAT-Belgium has set up a bank account to receive donations  
>>> toward equipping the module with the necessary ham radio antennas. "
>>> Is the money goes into the bit bucket? How someone representing  
>>> ARISS can say "This antenna project was funded entirely by AMSAT- 
>>> NA" An
>>> explanation is in order here by the writer or by some official in  
>>> the  ARISS group? Again it's not a question about misleading the  
>>> crowds
>>> but a question of basic plain honesty... ARISS is an international  
>>> funded group if one of their members wants to get all the credit  
>>> fine
>>> but a minimal amount of respect should not be mandatory to have a  
>>> leading position at ARISS?
>>> I already wrote on the same subject but ARISS or AMSAT-NA remain  
>>> strangely silent even if i posted the text on AMSAT-EU satellite  
>>> group a
>>> loud silence remain on this subject. Could be some are sleeping on  
>>> the switch could be this jolt will awaken them?
>>> In short WHERE MY MONEY GOES? the amateur satellite community is  
>>> asking for money in a constant and quite aggressive way some times  
>>> is it
>>> too much asking to know what they do with theses donations? as  
>>> someone in US says only AMSAT-NA is paying for the antennas!!!
>>> "-"
>>> Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
>>> Skype VE2DWE
>>> www.qsl.net/ve2dwe
>>> DSTAR urcall VE2DWE
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>> Lou McFadin
>> W5DID
>> ARISS US Hardware manager
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> -- 
> Mit freundlichen Grüssen, Best Regards, 73
>    Thomas Frey, HB9SKA
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