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RE: White Paper

With all respect sir, much words for nothing! I don't understand what is
your point. You talk to us as a business man not as a simple hamradio!
Personally, I'm not interesting to do business with some kind of man if we
could say like that talking of the hamradio!
Assuming that the use of 145.985MHz frequency for SSTV is a mistake
regarding hamradio bandplan. We must be more flexible with that things. If
this situation produce no more interference's and have a large popularity
through the hamradio, why you are 
bother? You are some kind of politician and you have to sustain you
candidature at an important function?
Please, do your best in ARISS project if you really want to do this and
leave the SSTV project to run as it is! 

As I know, the SSTV project generate only good feedback from hamradio
community(except several people...:((( ), and it was no negative report
regarding interference's.

Don't bother us with your pathetic words! Get your radio and do some
contacts if you are a really hamradio!



> -----Original Message-----
> From:	roy neal [SMTP:k6due@nr.infi.net]
> Sent:	19 January 1999 16:04
> Cc:	k6due@AMSAT.Org
> Subject:	[amsat-bb] White Paper
>                 Society can function only if it has some general rules
> to govern the conduct of the humans on our world.  Otherwise there would
> be chaos as a few people take over, insistent on doing anything they
> want to do whenever they want to do it.
>                 Amateur Radio mirrors that concept. It has international
> rules, set up and kept in place by individual national authorities and
> supported by the individual societies of the International Amateur Radio
> Union.  We have lived under that system since radio began. The intent
> was not to restrict activity but to channel it, to maintain some
> semblance of sanity.
>                 The International Space Station (ISS) will be a separate
> world, 200 miles from earth, requiring organization to keep peace among
> the nations that build it and live aboard it.  If hams from eight
> nations all tried to go on the air from the ISS at the same time, using
> eight different radio stations, can you imagine the QRM?!
>                 Until now, in space we have seen each nation as a
> separate entity.The MIR Space Station is Russian.  So are the Vostoks.
> The space shuttles are American, as was the Space Lab some years ago.
> French and Chinese booster rockets have orbited unmanned satellites.  
> But the ISS is a  multi-national operation.
>                 NASA realized this and asked SAREX to go to the Amateur
> Radio fraternity to develop an international governing body; a group to
> set up rules and regulations, and to determine and procure equipment
> that will work compatibly with other technology in space.
>                 Complying with that NASA request, representatives from
> the IARU and national organizations of eight nations met in Houston.
> They came from Germany, England, Canada, Italy, Japan, Russia, France
> and the United States. These countries are directly involved with
> building the space station.  They agreed with the concept, and their
> elected officials signed a Memorandum Of Understanding to that effect.
> They named the new, international organization ARISS, Amateur Radio
> International Space Station (ARISS).
>         Since that time, the amateur radio representatives from these
> nations have again met together, planned together, and proceeded in good
> faith to design a master station complete with SSTV, compressed ATV,
> packet and plenty of voice hardware.  The results thus far have been
> outstanding.  Each country,  is contributing in its own way, toward
> making the station a reality.  For example, the Italians have agreed to
> develop and build antennas, the Germans have already built and
> demonstrated a voice repeater, the Russians have agreed to provide and
> have installed antenna feedthroughs on the Service Module and the
> United States has flight-ready voice and packet hardware made and
> tested.  The groups are also working on frequencies and general rules
> of operation.  When the first crews arrive, to inhabit the space 
> station, amateur radio will be there!
>                 I am chairman of the Space Amateur Radio Experiment
> (SAREX) here in the United States. We coordinate the efforts of AMSAT,
> ARRL and NASA for Human Amateur Radio in space.  We first flew in 1983,
> when W5LFL, Owen Garriott, talked to the world, and the world listened
> and talked back! Since that time, SAREX has flown dozens of flights in
> space shuttles, and coordinated school contacts for astronauts on Mir.
> Currently, more than 80 astronauts have Amateur Radio licenses and they
> have made contact with thousands of people all over the world.
>                 At this time we are at an impasse:  for the next few
> years the astronauts and cosmonauts will be assembling the space station
> in orbit, and will be too busy to do much hamming.  We have a working
> arrangement with NASA so that when there are even a few minutes to
> spare, ham radio will be kept in the schedule.
>                 I have been distressed by the recent actions taken by
> some individuals. They are waging a war on our international
> cooperation. They have sought to destroy the international effort and
> discredit members of the ARISS team.
>                 They have sought to fragment the amateur radio community
> and circumvent the rules of conduct by which we all operate.
>                 They have preyed upon the situation of some of the ARISS
> partners to their own benefit.
>                 And their recent projects disregard the tremendous
> efforts put forth by well-respected explorers in the amateur space
> community.
>                 Their recent SSTV experiment has enjoyed success (and no
> one disputes that), but it should not be at the expense of the amateur
> community or the reputation of others.  SAREX believes that their
> actions are endangering the future of ham radio in manned space flight.
>                 Recently, the German ARISS team members, SAFEX, sent out
> an e-mail, expressing their indignation at some of these  recent actions
> and statements. Germany is one of the most loyal supporters of Amateur
> Radio in space, including a major role with Phase 3-D.  SAREX joins
> SAFEX in being distressed at the contention these people have caused.
>                 NASA and its partners have enough problems putting
> together an international space station. NASA does not want or need
> problems with Amateur Radio.  These individuals have written  messages
> saying they plan to create such problems if they don't get their way.  I
> write in the hope that they stop before it is too late.  More important,
> I write in the hope that you, the Amateur Radio operators of the world,
> will support a more mature approach.
>                 Do not trade the future for a few slow scan images
> today.  Enjoy the SSTV, but do not be misled. These people know what
> ARISS has planned. They were even given a  seat at the table, as
> consultants during the first ARISS meetings. Unfortunately, they
> apparently have little appreciation for the complexity, level of detail,
> and effort required to ensure a permanent Amateur Radio presence in
> space.  In addition, they ignore the fact that frequencies are
> coordinated on an international basis to minimize interference to other
> operations and to onboard equipment.  These people have demonstrated
> their willingness to flout the coordination program by announcing that
> the SSTV system will continue to operate on 145.985 MHz instead of the
> 70-cm frequency coordinated for that purpose.
>                 ARISS organizations include the many IARU and AMSAT
> worldwide chapters, such as AMSAT-NA, ARRL, DARC, ARI, JARL,JAMSAT, 
> RSGB, RAC and many more.  We intend to live by the rules.  They want to 
> go their own way, and not follow the rules.  These other people's 
> expressed intent is to do whatever they want to do whenever they choose 
> to do it.
>                 We are nations of laws, and appreciate the dangers of
> such anarchy, when a cooperative multinational effort is needed.  And
> squabbling, rather than cooperating, will cause NASA to eliminate
> amateur radio from its plans.
>                 In the near future, ARISS plans to start a series of
> news releases. We will not indulge in a war of words.  Indeed, this is
> the last time I intend to "go public" on this matter.  I believe the
> time has come to turn off the nonsense and turn on the common sense. I
> do not plan to get into a contest of words which no one can win.
> Shortly, NASA and ARISS plan to hold some important meetings at the
> Johnson Space Center, in Houston.  They are intended to establish
> approval of station planning and give us a timetable to the future.
> That will be the basis for our releases.  We plan to make a series of
> major reports on our plans at that time.
>                 The ARISS team welcomes participation by all.  ARISS was
> established to enable all to participate.  Your contributions  will be
> valued and appreciated. Good ideas will not be rejected.  There is a
> process established to coordinate the international effort.
> Suggestions, proposals, and experiments should be submitted through your
> national amateur radio organizations to the ARISS team.  Once evaluated
> and assessed for the level of effort required, your ideas can become a
> reality and be flown.  The station, as planned, will provide a platform
> for participation by all amateurs. It will truly be a station of, by,
> and for the amateur community.
>            73 de Roy Neal, K6DUE, Chairman SAREX Working Group
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