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Re: AO40 user population

On 1 Dec 2001, at 21:48, Estes Wayne-W10191 wrote:

To added to this many "futur" AO-40 ops, are afraid by their expense ratio on the 
satellite: Money invested / TX capability and performances on AO-40. With only one S band TX 
functionnal there is no more B plan (the lazer one..?). Should this TX fail goes the 
rest of the sat... Thats what many folks beleived the sat is in bad shape not suitable 
for them re: no VHF or UHF TX!  ITS NOT TRUE but without any planned sked of 
commissioning knowed many are on stanby and many others are frustated by the 
lack of activities. (there is not much more activities on the others sats even on 
A0-10 when he is in good shape.) I called that the hygrade sausage syndrome.

Aside of that it is a greath bird,  fingers crossed that the 3 axis and solar pannels 
can be achieved soon.and the mystery effect explained. Till then it is fun to make 
QSO'S over the world without QRM much better than 20 meters.. 

Luc Leblanc VE2DWE (AMSAT 33583)
SITE WEB:http://www.sorel-tracy.qc.ca/~luclebla/
J3P 5N6

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