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RE: @Home and AO-40

It would be interesting to confirm whether only AT&T customers
were affected in this or if Cox and Comcast customers were also
hit.  AT&T is a major culprit in this entire game.  Excite
was so EXCITED when AT&T became a major contributor, stockholder,
and put people on the board of Excite@Home.  If you believe the
words from Excite@Home, since that time, AT&T has supposedly worked
very hard to be a corporate raider rather than meets its fiduciary
responsibilities to the stockholders.  AT&T offered a paltry
$300,000,000 for Excite@Home's broadband capacity.  That is the
amount of revenue that Excite generates every 6 months before the
courts allowed them to end the contracts.  Under the contracts
proposed by Comcast at least, the amount of revenue would go
up from $12 per customer to $20 per customer and completely
wipe out monthly losses and return them to profitability if
they did not lose customers as a result.  I changed long distance
carriers today,  and gave them my reasons.  Maybe you could
do the same.  It is my opinion they have behaved shamefully and
have almost cost 4,000,000 people their internet service.

Speaking from personal experience,  Cable modem has literally
changed my family's life and I for one hope that we continue
to be able to use it.

BTW, I am a Comcast customer, and while they have sent mailings,
and have a regular update page,  we are not yet impacted at



-----Original Message-----
From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
Behalf Of Frederick M. Spinner
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2001 11:02 AM
To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject: [amsat-bb] @Home and AO-40

Well, my Web Pages on @Home are back, so it looks like we @home folkes have
been given a repreve.  I'd still recommend doing full backups.  The utility
I used that worked, BTW, on @Home was ncftpget (recursive) on Linux.  Wget
got confused by the way @Home did their account structure.

On AO-40.  They way I look at the condition on AO-40 is this:  Unless you
live in San Diego, or North Texas, it is now the absolutely best way of
experimenting with microwaves.  With the exception of contests, there is
little activity here (or in most of the US/World) on microwave bands. With
AO-40 there is always the beacon, and usually QSOs.  The experimentation
I've (and others) have done on patch feeds (and helixes for that matter) is
the most educational fun I've in years in Ham Radio.

There are many facets to ham radio:  Emergency Comms, Operating, DXing,
Contesting, etc.  But to me.. my cup of tea is Experimenting.  I wouldn't be
here if I couldn't build my own equipment and experiment with it.  AO-40 is
AWESOME for that.  Guys, we are playing with nearly state-of-the-art stuff
here.  Isn't that cool enough for most of you?

I'm kinda sad about AO-40 going "away" until April, but now I don't have to
get my permanent antennas up until then...in the snow.. in December... in

Fred W0FMS

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