[amsat-bb] Re: status

Michael Mat_62 at charter.net
Sun Jan 26 09:52:57 PST 2014

  You're certainly entitled to your opinion as I am to mine.  I wasn't 
insulting anyone.  I expressed an opinion.  To me it's idiotic to stand 
outside in the cold or the summer heat juggling an antenna and an HT and 
it proves nothing "good" or "great" about satellites.  A well equipped 
sat base station is much much more impressive to me. You won't run me of 
this mailing list either so don't get your hopes up.   All of us would 
like to see this branch of the hobby flourish and prosper. Just because 
some of us have a different vision of how that should be accomplished 
doesn't make us bad people.
Michael, W4HIJ

On 1/26/2014 12:37 PM, Clayton Coleman wrote:

> Hey Michael,
> Insulting the many fellow radio amateurs who enjoy making contacts
> outdoors with the stroke of one email is quite an accomplishment.
> Momma must be proud.
> It is obvious from your lack of knowledge on presently active and
> future, planned satellites that you really are just hear to stir up
> crap and not contribute anything but a whiney email.  Unfortunately
> W0JAB didn't live up to his promise back in September 2013 to leave
> the BB.  Maybe you'll pick up the slack?
> 73
> Clayton
> On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 10:48 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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