[amsat-bb] Re: status

Michael Mat_62 at charter.net
Sun Jan 26 09:43:35 PST 2014

  I was once a member of AMSAT when I felt it was representing my 
interest however I don't feel that way anymore  so I now choose to spend 
my hobby dollars somewhere else. That's my perogative. I voted against 
some of the decisions made by spending my money elsewhere.  Of course 
when you express an attitude like you just did simply because someone 
has a differing opinion on what the sat hobby should be about then that 
doesn't exactly " warm"  my checkbook towards AMSAT either.  You guys 
can't take any criticism apparently. You're all  right and the rest of 
us are wrong.  Must be nice to live in such a black and white world.
Michael, W4HIJ
On 1/26/2014 12:22 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:
> The last satellite AMSAT-NA built and flew was an SDR based linear transponder. Fox-1 and RadFXsat are FM, and the comms capability got us the launches for free. Fox-2 will be a SDR based transponder. At current count AMSAT orgs have four operable transponder satellites, another in orbit awaiting  activation, one at the launch site, and one lonely FM satellite built by the Saudis almost a decade ago.
> That seems pretty balanced and forward thinking to me. Maybe your research is faulty.
> However, as one of the "idiots" routinely doing hamfest demonstrations and volunteering way too much for the org, and a Life Member of AMSAT, your opinion as a non-member means almost nothing to me.
> 73, Drew KO4MA
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Jan 26, 2014, at 11:48 AM, Michael <Mat_62 at charter.net> wrote:
>> I wasn't going to touch this  as I've made my opinion about P3-E known before but I can't be silent about some other things.  I don't believe it will ever fly because of the economic realities of today's world but hey, stranger things have happened.  Cubesats seem to be the wave of the future as they are more affordable to get launched but if you ask me we are still going in the wrong direction with them in a couple of areas. AMSAT seems to be bent and determined to keep building and flying FM repeaters even when ground based FM repeaters are slowly falling into disuse  and projects like Funcube AO-73 are showing how viable linear transponder cubesats are. There also seems to be some continued fascination with showing how we can all stand out in the frigid cold or the blazing sun balancing an HT in one hand and a handheld yagi in the other to work the flying repeaters....... YAWN!!! The novelty of that has worn off just as quickly as it did on exchanging nothing but grid squares and calls  and calling it a sat QSO. The focus not only needs to be on more linear transponder cubesats and developing  new and efficient ways to communicate with them but also on developing affordable ground equipment  like complete SDR transceiver systems along the lines of the funcube dongle except maybe abandoning the "dongle" concept and going more with a desktop "black box" approach. A computer driven SDR base station with tracking and doppler correction and digital and CW as well as voice mode communication is infinitely more interesting to me than  seeing some idiot balancing an antenna and an HT at a hamfest. Just my opinion.... That and five bucks will get you a fancy Starbucks coffee blend but I had to put it out there!
>> 73,
>> Michael, W4HIJ
>>> On 1/25/2014 2:44 PM, i8cvs wrote:
>>> Hi John, W0JAB
>>> At the moment there is no hope to see again a satellite like AO40
>>> If we are like in the future probably we will see P3E, a satellite
>>> similar to OSCAR-13 built by AMSAT-DL
>>> 73" de
>>> i8CVS Domenico
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "John Becker" <w0jab at big-river.net>
>>> To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
>>> Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2014 8:01 PM
>>> Subject: [amsat-bb] status
>>>> Whats the status of a replacement for the likes of AO 40?
>>>> I know I ask this from time to time but never seem to see anything.
>>>> I for one would very much like to see this type the a boat load
>>>> of small FM only type while there is still a place to park one.
>>>> John, W0JAB
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