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Re: [aprssig] Re: Iridium to Burn



Is it just me, or is everyone seeing *two* of everything that Bob posts??

Richard Amirault                       N1JDU              Boston, MA, USA
ramirault@erols.com         "Go Fly A Kite"
http:// www.erols.com/ramirault
-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Bruninga <bruninga@nadn.navy.mil>
To: TAPR APRS Special Interest Group <aprssig@lists.tapr.org>
Cc: AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>; TAPR APRS Special Interest Group
<aprssig@tapr.org>
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2000 10:06 AM
Subject: [aprssig] Re: [amsat-bb] Iridium to Burn


>On Thu, 16 Mar 2000, Jeff Davis wrote:
>
>> WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iridium, a U.S. satellite telephone company
>> operating under bankruptcy protection, is on the verge of one of the
>> most spectacular business flameouts ever -- literally set to burn up
>> billions of dollars' worth of Earth-orbiting assets.
>
>One of the objections I have heard about my crusade to find ways to use
>some of the AMSATS for mobile vehicle operations has been the comment "so
>what, anyone can buy an irridium or Globalstar satellite phone".  Why do
>we need that in HAM radio...
>
>Hummh.....  What they have found is that the only people that needed
>satellite phones are the rare-exceptions.  Most people think that we hams
>are pretty rare and quite exceptional...or eccentric or whatever...
>
>I hate to say this... but... This could be good news for AMATEUR
>SATELLITES...  I'm sorry it comes at someone else's expense...
>
>:-(  Bob
>
>
>
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