[amsat-bb] Re: What Happened to the PacSats?

Francisco Costa, CT1EAT listas_ct1eat at sapo.pt
Wed Jan 4 14:50:25 PST 2012

Hi Chris

IMHO Pacsat interest decrease at same
rate internet connections increase.
By early 90's, electronic messaging was
something new, and not available to ordinary
people, like us hams.
But now we can do it almost anywhere in the
world, for an infinite fraction of the price,
with minimal equipment.
We no longer need radios, antennas, pre-amp,
az/ev rotators, trackers, PC running 24h, etc.
No more need to wait for a 15 min pass,
stay in queue, miss our turn, go back to the
end, and wait for the the next pass for the
remaining 1 kb to complete the file...
Yes, it was fun (specialy to built and leave
the station working unatended), but those days
are over! Sorry.

73 F.Costa, CT1EAT

----- Mensagem original ----- 
De: "Chris Maness" <chris at chrismaness.com>
Para: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Enviado: terça-feira, 3 de Janeiro de 2012 3:55
Assunto: [amsat-bb] What Happened to the PacSats?

> About 12 years ago, I was really into amateur radio satellites (the
> analog birds).  I always wanted to try the PacSats, but I was a
> college student, and could not afford all of the necessary hardware.
> I tried to do it in software (and ended up falling in love with
> Linux).  Now I have a good source of income, and was looking into
> dabbling in the PacSats, but looking at the Amsat website, it looks
> like none of the old birds are up.  So are there any plans to restore
> store and forward messaging capability in future ham radio birds?  Is
> this currently still possible and I am just missing something?
> Thanks,
> Chris Maness
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