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Re: Attitudes...

> I think the issue is that while FM is fine, ... But it doesn't satisfy
> demand for LEOs to communicate on.
> I wish we had more linear xponder birds up there.

Me too, BUT,

There are only two kinds of posts I see on AMSAT-BB.  One damning the FM
birds beacuse they are too popular and the other messages from folks that
say "I tuned up FO-29 today and called CQ for 15 minteus and got no
response"  No one was on....

No amount of FM bashing is going to reduce its popularity and no amount of
FM bashing is going to improve participation on the analog birds.  That is
my only point.

I'd love to see an analog bird.  and more of them, but my only point is
that negativism and antagnoism to FM operators is not a way to accomplish
this objective...



  Other than AO-40, we have
> just 2 these days.  Count FO-29 as one and FO-20 and AO-7 each as a half as
> they won't work in eclipse.  It would be nice to have linear birds in an
> orbit similar to RS-15 with a bigger footprint.  But no one wants to build
> them because I guess they aren't "sexy" enough.  There's the argument that
> people don't use the ones that are there.  That may be true but many times
> the pass times for those birds aren't convenient for people.
> It would be nice to have a multi-channel FM bird with a much wider passband
> that could support say 5 or 10 QSOs simultaneously.  But I doubt that will
> happen as the power requirements are too large.
> 73,
> Jon
> NA9D
> -------------------------------------
> Jon Ogden
> NA9D (ex: KE9NA)
> Citizen of the People's Democratic Republik of Illinois
> Life Member: ARRL, NRA
> Member:  AMSAT, DXCC
> http://www.qsl.net/na9d   <- Updated on 1/22/03!!!
> "A life lived in fear is a life half lived."

de WB4APR@amsat.org, Bob

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