[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT Board of Directors Candidates

Bruce Robertson ve9qrp at gmail.com
Wed Jun 16 18:13:49 PDT 2010

On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 6:58 PM, Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL <vlfiscus at mcn.net> wrote:
> At 01:22 PM 6/16/2010 -0500, APBIDDLE at mailaps.org wrote:
>>It is my pleasure to announce that the following have been nominated to
>>serve on the AMSAT Board of Directors for two year terms:
>>Tom Clark, K3IO
>>Lou McFadin, W5DID
>>Tony Monteiro, AA2TX
>>Gould Smith, WA4SXM
> Which of these candidates would support adding a Mode A linear transponder
> to FOX, or any type of linear transponder for that matter.  FOX will
> already have a 2m receiver all you'd need to add is a 10m downlink
> transmitter.  Use a tape measure tape for the antennas.
> Why does everything always have to be FM all the time.

Vince --

The Fox plan intends to get AMSAT back into space in budget and
punctually. The only game in town for this is the cubesat launches,
and that requires us to master new technologies. With only a litre per
cube unit, adding another mode is just the sort of creeping featureism
that would turn the first doable AMSAT project in many years into one
of many wonderful ideas that won't get launched.

However, if each cube launch is only roughly $100,000 all-in, and we
develop the skills and processes necessary, there will be many future
launch possibilities after Fox. And I'd have to agree that a mode A
transponder would be a great idea for one of these.

73, Bruce


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