[amsat-bb] going digital

Phil Karn karn at ka9q.net
Tue Jul 22 05:21:19 UTC 2014

On 07/21/2014 02:53 PM, Paul Stoetzer wrote:
> I'm not totally unsympathetic to Phil's ideas. They have quite a bit
> of merit, but clearly AMSAT would also have to develop the ground
> station equipment in order for it to get a user base that would make
> it worthwhile. 

Absolutely. About 14 years ago (i.e., at the beginning of the 21st
century) I made a donation to AMSAT earmarked for the development and
initial production of the low-cost ground station hardware absolutely
necessary to the success of a new digital satellite mode.

I didn't specify any particular digital mode. ANY new satellite mode
would qualify as long as it's digital and requires new ground station

As far as I know (the AMSAT treasurer can comment), my donation is still
sitting there.

> AMSAT's limiting factors are money and volunteer time. Unfortunately,
> neither money nor people's time grow on trees.

I think you'll find that the supply of both money and volunteer time
depends strongly on what that time and money will be used for. If you
think the supply is limited, you might consider being a little more
imaginative and ambitious in your goals.


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