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Re: Phase 4 satellite(s)?



In fact,  Phil has done more than say he believes.
He has put his money where his ideas are.  AMSAT-NA
has received a  donation from Phil for this purpose.

Bob

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Phil Karn" <karn@ka9q.net>
To: <na9d@mindspring.com>
Cc: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2001 11:52 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Phase 4 satellite(s)?


> >Or is your idea that not only should AMSAT or whomever develop the
> >satellite but also the ground station equipment as well?  In that case
> >I see a direct connection.  If AMSAT has say, 1 million dollars to
> >spend, then it can spend that entire one million on a bird with legacy
> >modes or it can spend $750,000 on digital only and use the other
> >$250,000 to design ground station hardware that it can then sell to
> >the individual users or OEMs in the form of kits, etc.  Is that what
> >you mean?
> 
> Yes, that's exactly what I mean. Consider amateur packet radio,
> starting in the early 1980s. It was almost impossible to get US
> commercial manufacturers to produce and sell TNCs until protocol and
> modulation standards had been established and TAPR had seeded the
> market with enough kits to create a critical mass of users. Until
> then, packet radio was just too radical an idea for the manufacturers,
> who are by and large a conservative lot. Even after packet succeeded,
> it was difficult to get the manufacturers to do anything but repackage
> TAPR's designs.
> 
> I see no reason why we can't do the same with a well-designed L/S
> digital mode operating through a LEO constellation.
> 
> Phil
> 
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