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Re: re: Iridium to de-orbit their satellites?




Is there anything else creative that could be done with the ham
spacecrafts besides APRS? 

-- Edson, N1VTN


On Sun, 12 Mar 2000, Bob Bruninga wrote:

> Jon, very good summary of the demise of the LEO's!
> 
> Has anyone noted the similarity to our amateur LEO's...?  (or they
> probably did and I missed it).  But if we keep thinking in terms of
> amateur satellties that only do on orbit what we
> can now do on the ground, we also have a risky future...
> 
> Of course there's always the educational value, and of course, the joy of
> amateur radio... but in todays $$$ justification of everything, thats
> gonna be a hard sell...
> 
> I still think that mobile amateur satellite comms is one small niche  for
> us for a few years anyway.  (I still dont have a cell phone)...
> 
> We have a total of 10 birds that can use an FM mobile whip uplink.  We
> either use 'em or loose'em.  The three 1200 baud ones are virtually
> abandoned... already...!  
> 
> Dont worry about unused irridiums... we have our own unused birds...
> 
> In case you missed it, anyone with a 2m FM mobile and a soundcard PC can
> uplink to AO16, LO19, and IO26.  Anyone with a Kenwood APRS radio or
> anyone with a 9600 baud TNC can uplink to UO22, KO23, KO25, and TO31.
> And of course we have the FM voice birds, AO27, UO14, and SO35...
> 
> For more info... http://web.usna.navy.mil/~bruninga/astars.html
> 
> Just some ideas...
> 
> Bob
> 
> 
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