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Re: (Fwd) Well, Maybe One More!



Mike, your crazy!  Try and look at this from a long term standpoint rather
than something that solves an immediate problem.  Cliff K7RR




On Sun, 4 Apr 1999, KF4FDJ (Mike in Ft. Myers, FL) wrote:

> Woah, wait a minute!  I've looked at the web site. I've thought about
> the prospects.  At best, I can see how you might find it distasteful,
> from a satellite op/ham operator point of view.  However, I see nothing
> illegal, or for that matter wrong with Swatch sponsoring a satellite.
> 
> Think about how much GOOD could come from such an alliance.  As long as
> the rules are followed, I see nothing wrong with commercial money
> helping to sponsor amateur satellite projects.  If Boeing hoists an
> amateur satellite into orbit, will you boycott them?
> 
> Think through this now.  How bad could the messages really be?  "Launch
> a satellite, and the entire world will beat a swatch to your door." 
> >From what I've read, the only qualifier they have for their messages is
> it has to have the word "beat" in the message.  So?  If I'm talking on
> FO-20, and I use the word Motorola, am I guilty of breaking the rules? 
> I don't think so.  I don't think the word "beat" is even a Swatch
> trademark.
> 
> If this process helps introduce young people to the ranks of amateur
> radio, and amateur satellites, how can you NOT be in favor?  Think of
> the potential.  Here is a large multinational company putting out the
> word, telling the world to seek out radio operators to listen to a
> message from space!  Use the opportunity to take your HT to the mall and
> gather a small crowd of young people to listen to a signal from space. 
> They'll probably already know about it, and will be thrilled by the
> opportunity!
> 
> The last time FO-29 was in digitalker mode, I introduced several people
> to the thrill of receiving a signal from space on their own radio.  Two
> are now users of AO-27.  After posting a FAQ on this server explaining
> how to work the digitalker, I received dozens of emails from all over
> the world.  Many were grateful to be handed the tools to have their own
> space experience.  "Easy" experiences like these have a positive impact
> on our hobby.
> 
> Sometimes we ham operators get up in arms over the silliest things.  If
> you send more hate mail to Swatch for the world to see, I guarantee you
> it will be we satellite operators wearing the black eye.  Send letters
> of encouragement, and reassert our ranks as the innovators we are. 
> Peaceful, kind, supportive words will win more of our sophisticated
> youth over to our ranks.  
> 
> My mother used to tell me you catch more flies with honey than you do
> with vinegar.  Please temper your responses and not make fools of the
> amateur satellite community.
> 
> 73, Mike in Fort Myers
> 
> 
> Andrew Reynolds wrote:
> >  While I've read the different arguement in favor of inviting commercial
> > sponsorship or hamsats, I think that you're right, and this one has to
> > be stopped. I would, however, argue that the most effective step would
> > be the most direct: file a formal complaint about this illegal operation
> > with the ITU via the FCC. 
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