[amsat-bb] Re: Another Great Tech Tuesday Net

Michael Mat_62 at charter.net
Fri Feb 14 13:57:51 PST 2014

OK then, I have a legitimate satellite question.  Is Fox 2 going to be a 
linear bird?  See, I have some confusion on this. I could swear I read 
somewhere that it was yet another flying repeater just like Fox 1 is but 
then someone here told me I was mistaken.  Since you're here Tony, I 
thought I'd ask you since I'm pretty sure you can give me a definitive 
answer.  I mean after all, since we are talking about " Tech"  as in 
technology, I'd be interested to know if there is going to be any 
technical challenge to working Fox 2 or if it will just be yet another 
ones of Clint's Easysats.  Unlike some folks such as Clint, I don't 
delight in how "easy" it is to work a satellite and actually enjoy a 
challenge like I had when I first got into this part of the hobby and 
put my station together using the homebrew SAEBRTrack tracking system I 
built along with the OR-360 rotators that you told me where to find back 
then. Thank you btw....  I mean if people enjoy working "easysats" with 
an HT and a handheld antenna, that's all well and good.  To each their 
own.  It's just that I'd like a bit more of a challenge than that.  
Unfortunately I missed out on A0-40 which I understand took a fair 
amount of "tech" savvy to conquer. AO-7 and FO-29 were fun mixed with a 
bit of challenge though and even AO-51 was pretty cool trying to conquer 
the S band mode.   I'd very much like to start putting my old homebrew 
antennas and rotators back in the air if I feel like it will result in 
some challenge and a sense of accomplishment and knowing that I did 
something that "not just anyone can do" instead of "heck it's just so 
easy" as Clint likes to point out..... If Fox 2 is a linear bird, I'll 
even put my money where my mouth is and renew my long dormant  
membership in AMSAT because I will feel that they are moving in a 
direction that I and many others have interest in. If it's just another 
flying repeater though well..... YAWN....I'm getting sleepy now.
Michael, W4HIJ
On 2/14/2014 4:04 PM, Anthony Monteiro wrote:
> Dear Friends,
> Please use the BB to discuss satellites.
> Any other communications should take
> place off of the BB.
> Thank you!
> Tony AA2TX
> ---
> On 2/14/2014 3:45 PM, Roger Kolakowski wrote:
>> For all the dissenters...
>> What have you done to promote AMSAT and how many people outside of nthe
>> satellite hobby have you affected?
>> I consider the reports of "missionaries" to be a promotion of ideas on
>> how to spread the word.
>> If 60,000 doesn't impress ask one of the "missionary's" how you can link
>> to their presentation either via RF or internet and find you own 60,000
>> followers.
>> Roger
>> On 2/14/2014 12:44 PM, Michael wrote:
>>> Wow a whole 60,000? So how many of the rest of us couldn't hear it? I
>>> honestly think it's great what you do for the satellite hobby Clint.
>>> At least for the part of it that likes to user HT's and handheld
>>> antennas exchanging grid squares on flying repeaters. At the same time
>>> I get tired of your constant grandiose self promotion. Your E-mail to
>>> the BB did little more than tout how "great" you are to everybody. It
>>> also had the unintended consequence ( by you) of someone calling you
>>> on your BS. Here's an idea, how about keeping on doing what you're
>>> doing for your segment of interest in the hobby and let the accolades
>>> fall where they may instead of constantly patting yourself on the
>>> back. That would be a refreshing change.
>>> 73,
>>> Michael, W4HIJ
>>> On 2/12/2014 9:30 PM, Clint Bradford wrote:
>>>>>> ... I guess but it's pretty meaningless for
>>>> those of us in the rest of the country.
>>>> About 60,000 licensed hams were within earshot in
>>>> this region - I am not going to ignore such an
>>>> "open mic" opportunity to "spread the word" on
>>>> the birds.
>>>> Clint K6LCS

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