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Re: ATS-1

Hi Roger!

Good comment about frequency rights...

I assume you mean that NASA, as a Federal agency, got its frequencies for
the bird from the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration, (NTIA), not the FCC.  So NASA (with NTIA approval?) could,
if they wished, permit amateur or other operation on the satellite without
FCC involvement or approval.

Could NASA be talked into this if it's technically feasible?

----- Original Message -----
From: <RogerKola@aol.com>
To: <fgrossma@idt.net>
Cc: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2000 7:22 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] ATS-1

> In a message dated 09/01/2000 6:50:22 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> fgrossma@idt.net writes:
> << Now, this is an interesting idea to look into, isn't it?  The ATS birds
> were
>  intended for R and D, right?  Isn't "advancing the radio art?" right up
>  as a purpose of the amateur service in part 97?  Who else is going to
>  experiment with a "spent" commercial satellite and see what can still be
>  learned with it?  Didn't much post WW II amateur development take place
>  using surplus WW II equipment?  This is just a surplus satellite of sorts
>  right? >>
> Even easier...the "owners" of the satellite have frequency rights.....they
> might be convinced to "license" amateur users...to utilize the
> frequency.....as in the CB band ...you can use any call you want...the
> assigned could be amateur calls even though it is not under Part 97
> usage....sort of like MARS operations....AMSAT, ARRL (doubtful) or some
> interested organization could administer the operation and supply the
> "credibility"...I know Wayne Greene would do it..lol
> Only a thought...imagine ..operating out of band!!!!
> Roger

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