[amsat-bb] Inclusion (satcoms?)

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Jul 22 18:05:43 UTC 2014

But if the goal of satellite operation is from the shack-potato position,
why not just use the internet and not bother.

Don't forget the TOTAL FAILURE of the original SAT-PHONE industry when
they ignored cellphones and fiber.  No one would bother with a sat-phone
when their $9/mo cell phone could do the job almost 99% of the time and
call anywhere on the planet.  The only thing SAT-PHONEs turned out to be
good for are wilderness communications, and there are plenty of places on
earth that fit that category.  Probably 90% of the earths surface is a
wireless desert.  But the 99% of the worlds population lives in that

I have also heard that these days, " all of the satellite communications
carried by all the comm satellites worldwide could fit on a SINGLE fiber.

The value of ham radio is providing communications where other systems
cannot.  And of course, playing with toys just for fun.

Bob, Wb4APR

-----Original Message-----
>> I've heard comments that basically imply anyone
>> who wants to go outside with an HT and wave a yagi around is stupid.

> Standing outside with a yagi in hand and the monsoon
> trickling down my neck isn't for me.  It is demonstrably
> a valid way to make contacts and an excellent way to
> demonstrate how satellite operation can occur with minimalist equipment.

> But as far as I'm concerned, it IS NOT the ultimate objective
> of a satellite operator....

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