[amsat-bb] Re: OSCAR Acronym?

STeve Andre' andres at msu.edu
Sat Nov 12 19:34:10 PST 2011

On 11/12/11 21:49, Clint Bradford wrote:
>>> ... "OSCAR" stands for Orbital Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio ...
> Why was it changed to "OrbitING Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio?"
> Did "Orbital" just sound too geeky for the masses?
> YES - the early citations from the 1960s had it as "Orbital."
> WHO changed it to "Orbiting" ???
I don't think it was "changed" so much as someone used a
different word.  The words orbital and orbiting are very
close to each other.  So close that I'll bet most people would
not readily discern the difference.

I learned it with orbital.  I'd probably use that if talking with
people, but hardly think that orbiting is bad.

So use either.  Orbital is better--or more historically accurate--
but not worth fights over (not implying you were thinking that).

--STeve Andre'
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