[amsat-bb] What to do and how to do it?

Rich/wa4bue richard.siff at verizon.net
Sun Jul 20 23:26:02 UTC 2014


This is pretty much the same discussion we use to have at the AMSAT meetings 
at Godard in the 1980s.

The problem is and always will be resources (man power and money)

More technology vs the average user.  And now who is the average user - the 
low cost FMers or the Linear Transponder guys?

Is awful we do not have more useable pass time.  Most of the time for our 
K4AMG mentoring and demos at schools and special events passes are not 
there.  This is the nature of the technology we possess.

Is there a strategic plan of how to get from where we are to where we want 
to go to best satisfy what we all want?

Until then we have what we have.  It seems like everyone needs to chip in 
and a more.

Operating the birds as W1AW/4 VA there were several passes that gave great 
returns but no one was there on the linear transponders, but all but one FM 
pass yielded no contacts.

Turn this discussion into a plan is the answer, not talk but action!

Rich W4BUE
Pres K4AMG

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Schuessler" <tjschuessler at verizon.net>
To: "'AmsatBB'" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2014 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] ANS-199 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin -AMSAT 
Fox-1C Launch Opportunity Announced

>I personally am going to ask my local Amateur Radio Club to throw a 
> on the Fox 1C project.  I challenge you to present the same request along 
> to
> your own local clubs.
> I do numerous Radio Merit Badge presentations for the Boy Scouts and one 
> of
> the things I love to do is to throw in a satellite contact opportunity. 
> Yes
> linear passes are fun and very capable, but the concept of showing them 
> that
> this kind of technology is available and doable with just a simple hand 
> held
> radio and an antenna that you can hold in your hand is much more in the
> realm of "I could do this too if I had an Amateur Radio license" feeling.
> Right now, we only one FM bird up there that can be counted on, SO-50, Fox
> 1A and 1B are still a year off.  (Lituanicasat-1 will be decaying within
> days, and maybe two if the French FM satellite opens up soon).  Thus the
> opportunities for these basic but, Oh for the Scouts, downright exciting
> communication events is quite limited.  The AO-27 contact we did in one of
> those Radio Merit Badge workshops (Before it died), sealed the deal for a
> Scout and his dad who were attending and they both ended up getting their
> tickets.  You can wow them with big ticket equipment and complexity (Smoke
> and mirrors), but fun and excitement will get them hooked.  Often times,
> simple is better.
> An additional challenge for the HEO, MEO and Linear or nothing folks out
> there is, instead of buying the next accessory for your already ample
> station, give a donation to the FOX project (Or other national AMSAT-esque
> project, FM, Linear or Digital), and let's get the ball rolling on many 
> new
> opportunities out there just waiting.  You donation may help get another
> Scout/young person hooked on our aspect of the hobby.
> Tom Schuessler, N5HYP
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