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Re: go ahead for P3-E and P5-A

First, I think Dan Schultz is wrong.  It is a HAM mission just as OSCAR 
Number One was a HAM mission.  When it made little sense because few Hams had 
the inclination to use that bird then.  Even today the majority of Radio 
Amateurs don't do satellites.  

Second, science is part of our Amsat-NA charter. It's in the Bylaws.  
Scientist routinely, as Hams themselves, use the amateur frequencies.

I would be perfectly willing to send my donations to Amsat-DL instend of 
Amsat-NA.  If Amsat-NA side with Robert here, they're just as big fools as is 
--Chris Vancil

In a message dated 7/26/02 5:24:06 PM EST, owner-AMSAT-BB-digest@AMSAT.Org 

> Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 17:02:16 -0500
>  From: "Robert Oler" <cvn65vf94@msn.com>
>  Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] go ahead for P3-E and P5-A
>  The Mars mission is *NOT* a ham repeater and is not intended to benefit
>  hams on Earth. <<
>  OK then why is it using Ham Frequencies?
>  If they consider themselves a scientific organization then use the 
>  frequencies appropriate for such an activity.
>  Here is the sceanrio (remote I agree because this thing will probably 
>  launch)...
>  but lets say that they get it up.
>  Then they are using the 60 foot dish to return data at some rate that is 
>  "real" and joe ham next door decides to open up on the downlink frequency 
>  calling CQ.
>  So the bird downlink vanishes.  Next thing you konw we will hear "we have 
>  protect that frequency from anyother use".
>  Robert  WB5MZO
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