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Re: AMSAT has a SECRET: why not 10m instead of V band



This kind of stereotyping isn't worthy of AMSAT-BB (or Amateur Radio for
that matter).
First of all, it isn't true. Secondly, it's the very thing that drives new
hams
away from the hobby. New people take statements like this at face value
and make decisions based on that information.

Steve .. AI7W

----- Original Message -----
From: Phil Karn <karn@ka9q.net>
To: <kd9kc@elp.rr.com>
Cc: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2001 18:42
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AMSAT has a SECRET: why not 10m instead of V band


> >If the BOD and users want 1.2, 2.4, and even 10.5 GHz systems, you
> >will get them.  And most likely you will cease to recruit new
> >members.  Probably lose a few old operators too.  This is an old
> >story.  Seen it on HF in my early days.  Seen it with VHF repeaters,
> >and now on satellites.  Why is it that the mean age of a ham is so
> >old now?
>
> Perhaps it's because ham radio is dominated by old farts unwilling to
> entertain new ideas. People who stubbornly insist on modes of
> operation that are seen as inefficient and anachronistic by
> prospective newcomers already familiar with personal computers, the
> Internet, cable modems, digital cell phones and open-source software.
>
> Years ago I started to say that everything that was ever interesting
> about ham radio has been subsumed by the Internet. Perhaps I was
> exaggerating a bit. But not much. ANd less as time goes by.
>
> Phil
>
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