[amsat-bb] Re: JUBILEE and other frustrations

Graham Shirville g.shirville at btinternet.com
Wed Jun 18 13:47:02 PDT 2008

Amen Bob
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga at usna.edu>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 3:00 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: JUBILEE and other frustrations

>> There seems to be a proliferation of satellites
>> using the Amateur bands as cheap down links,
>> and using Radio Amateurs as a cheap way of
>> collecting their data. It is MY personal belief
>> that a satellite should only use our hard-earned
>> and much coveted frequencies if they REALLY do
>> carry an Amateur Radio payload... I.E.
>> a Transponder!
> While I too like to see transponders, I do not like to see all
> the negativizim, hate and rabble-rousing against those who
> actually get something into space.  The self-richeous nay-saying
> comments are about as practical as these:
> "Those HF contesters should not be using the Amateur Bands, they
> should be passing useful communications or traffic!"
> "Those Traffic passers are not real amateur operators, because
> they will not respond with QSL's!"
> "Those old fud rag chewers on HF think they own the frequency.
> They should let others use the frequency for more useful
> communications"
> "Those FM commuters are just wasting air time, saying the same
> old thing every day.  Why don't they just use a cell phone!"
> "Those AM guys are just wasting 6 KHz of spectrum, they should
> be made illegal on the amateur bands"
> "Who wants to look at all those SSTV pictures,  Its just the
> same old post-card!  They should not be using 3 KHz of bandwidth
> for such stupid applications"...
> "Those Winlink guys are killing amateur radio by turning the
> bands into an automatic communications system."
> "Those Echolink and IRLP links are bad for ham radio.  Why don't
> they just use HF or a phone if they want to talk to someone far
> away."
> "Those Radio control Airplanes operating on the Amateur band
> should never be there, they are not communications".
> "Those experimental Balloons just transmit pictures and
> telemetry, without a transponder, they have no purpose in
> Amateur Radio"
> And on and on...
> Face, it.. Ham radio is as rich in applications as there are
> innovative and resourceful people.  If you want something done,
> then go do it.  If you don't like what others are doing with
> their hobby, then get out of the way.
> Public negativizim and constant complaining never accomplishes
> anything except darken our collective hobby.  Save that for the
> politicians who are supposed to respond to their constituents.
> For a hobby that is just the collective "us" with each licensed
> individual having the same equal opportunities as everyone else,
> complaining about what others do is just pointless.
> Bob, WB4APR
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