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RE: Unimpressed!


I too am sorry to hear that this has happened on your Gateway. Please try 
not to let the actions of a few 'bad apples' stop the wonderful work that 
you have accomplished over the years. I always try to work someone on the 
Gateway if possible when I'm on
AO-27, and I have even downloaded your information off the Web in an effort 
to push for a similar set up in my area with our local club.
I did not hear the situation that you describe, but from my perspective, 
your Gateway system is a BIG plus to the satellite community.

One of my funniest contacts I've enjoyed was with a mobile station (on the 
Gateway) that had attracted the attention of the Detroit police, they came 
over to see what was going on, and then had fun talking to the entire 
country as the mobile operator allowed an officer to say hello.  It was an 
outstanding contact and as I remember the officers left with a new found 
interest in amateur radio!

Please continue.

     --73 Dan NN0DJ--
      ANS Bulletin Editor

From: 	Jerry Smyth N8ULU[SMTP:jsmyth@provide.net]
Sent: 	Sunday, March 01, 1998 12:05 PM
To: 	amsat-bb@AMSAT.org
Cc: 	fieldops@AMSAT.org
Subject: 	Unimpressed!

I just wanted to thank all the AO-27 users who made the folks in Detroit
using the satellite gateway feel so welcome with their unconstructive
sarcastic comments.   You have managed to alienate them and ruin 2 years
worth of my work trying to promote satellite operations in Southeast
Michigan.  I have for years explained how great the folks on satellites
are.  "Nothing like HF" I said.  Well today sounded more like the 80 meter
good old boys net.  Very impressive!  I apologize to all  in this group who
have manners and act like ladies and gentlemen,  but  I could not let this
behavior go without saying anything.  The leader of the pack is a Area
Coordinator for AMSAT too.  Makes me ashamed to say I'm one.


Jerry N8ULU