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Re: P3D information

All perpetuating old modes is going to do for AMSAT is keep
people from using the birds.  It used to take a fairly substantial
antenna setup and a moderate amount of power (10W on 70cm usually didn't cut 
it) to work AO-13 at apogee (or for most of its pass),
and that kept many from ever using the bird.

Newer modes such as L/S add only a little extra cost to a ground
station (all most none if built from scratch)... and two small
antennas (helices, small dishes, etc) on a camera tripod on the
back porch of an apartment, or field day site could be as much
of a "big-gun" with low amounts of power as anyone else.

Its just such a more intelligent solution to the problem than
a two large KLM (or M^2, Cushcraft, Hygain) beams.

The digital experimentation is going to further lessen the requirments
more in the future...

I really hope AMSAT doesn't become the "NTSC" of the satellite world...

Fred Spinner W0FMS/AAR7DV

>From: Jon Ogden <na9d@mindspring.com>
>To: <Richard@g3rwl.demon.co.uk>, <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] P3D information
>Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000 19:05:58 -0500
>on 10/10/00 1:27 PM, Richard W L Limebear at Richard@g3rwl.demon.co.uk
> >> Part of AMSAT's transition to digital (which *will* have to happen,
> >> IMHO, if it is to survive)
> >
> > This is probably true for Amsat-NA.  But Amsat-thirdworld will get lost 
> > the process.
> >
> > *I* believe we need to service *all* the world's amateurs, not just the
> > loudest voices (who have internet access).
>Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
>There is no reason why in the future we can't build a bird that is capable
>of multiple modes.
>And as for Amsat's demise, I doubt it.  From what I see, AMSAT is very much
>alive and well.
>Jon Ogden
>NA9D (ex: KE9NA)
>"A life lived in fear is a life half lived."
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