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Re: Newbies! Hard-Sats destroy AMSAT.



Having only hard to use satellites means:
- only the dedicated few use them
- there are very few people to actually work on the sats
- AMSAT membership plunges
- there is no money to build new satellites
- AMSAT ceases to exist

User friendly satellites (Mode A/B linear transponders) means:
- lots of hams become interested in satellites
- they LEARN by getting on the sats and improving their skills
- there are lots of hams to work even on the microwave sats
  as the newcomers work their way up
- AMSAT membership rises 
- theres lots more money available to fund new sats
- AMSAT has a bright future

I actually regard UO-14 and the other FM sats as hard to use
since they only have a single channel. Over populated
areas you need a high power station in order to grab 
the channel.

Trevor M5AKA

--- "Jens H. Jensen" <topcat@mail1.stofanet.dk> wrote: > At
23:14 07-06-2001, you wrote:
> 
> >ISS, UO-14, Lots of whining.
> 
> Easy to use, therefore crowded, whining as a result, since
> "easy" can, by 
> definition, never get easy ENOUGH!. What these people really
> want is a 
> chatroom with supportstaff :-((
> 
> Easy sats also encourage new hams with less experience and
> commitment than 
> really required.
> Same as other "easy" stuff in the rest of society, come to
> think of it....
> 
> >AO-40, Hardly no whining.
> 
> Hardly has the userbase of the two others, and requires an
> effort to get 
> on. Once you've made that effort, you are not likely to be
> the easy-whining 
> type.
> 
> Different type sats, different type mentality.
> 
> Good reasoning, Vince!
> 
> 73 de OZ1LRG
> 
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