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Re: AO-40 Mis-Information

Unfortunately, the HAM magazines are 2 to 3 months behind
getting the correct news to the Amateur Community.  This can be
attributed to their deadlines for news articles and the lead time for
printing and distribution.  I write many articles on a monthly basis
for our Club newsletter.  Our readers were confused in the
difference our newsletter and the HAM magazines.  Finally, I had to
write an explanation in our Club newsletter each month to explain
they are reading the latest and greatest information in reference
to the Ham publications.

For a period of time many thought AO-40 was in serious trouble
locally and could not understand why I was publishing information
that contradicted QST or CQ.  Who am I?

We can help control these things at a local level by getting involved
with local clubs and help provide news on AO-40 that is current.
Our Editor can always count on me taking my submissions right
down to the deadline to make sure I have included all the latest news
on AO-40.  Now, they trust what they read in our newsletter and ignore
the magazines when it comes to AO-40.

This is only one method of controlling the information. I also get
on the local repeater if I hear talk about AO-40 to provide the latest
news.  This usually happens right after the magazines hit the mail


Tim - N8DEU
Huntsville, Alabama

----- Original Message -----
From: "Margaret Leber" <maggie@voicenet.com>
To: "Philip Berkowitz" <Philb@ctweather.com>
Cc: "Amsat" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2001 11:14 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO-40 Mis-Information

> Philip Berkowitz wrote:
> > In the last week I have heard comments both on the local repeater and
> > ATV net that AO-40 is dead! One fellow actually sold his whole satellite
> > station. Of course I had to jump in tell them that  AO-40 is far from
> > dead! Plus its not the only bird in the sky!
> > Has anyone else heard things like this?
> Of course.
> It's our job to get the truth out there. A lotta folks see a headline on
> the cover of CQ: "AO-40 in trouble", and conclude the bird is dead. And
> then don't think on it any further.
> I had somebody tell me locally in all seriousness that "a friend of his
> knew somebody" at NORAD/USAF Skywatch who examined AO-40 right after
> launch and saw mangled antennas by telescope. All this conveyed in sage
> tones of the true insider. (And he wasn't about to believe a *woman* who
> knew different, either. ;-) )
> There's *all* kinds of misinformation out there. And the publication lag
> of "the dead-tree edition" of most ham media is *months* behind what's
> actually happening.
> 73 de Maggie K3XS

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