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RE: FCC Rules Amateur Satellite Service is NOT Primary at 2400 MHz

Gunther and other mode-S operators,

I hadn't seen this final report, so found it interesting (to use a word).
Pretty much a case of "the horses getting out of the barn"!  The time to
lobby and obtain primary or secondary user status was ten-years ago.  Now
satellite up-linking is essentially DOA if we have to live with NIB to the
WI-FI, wireless phones, etc.

I predict down-linking will follow along within 5-10 years for those using
2-3 foot dishes.  One will need to have to have a surplus SNR >10 or 15 dB
to counter the RFI and likely will involve skirted dishes and advanced
DSP-NR techniques.  I would say those moving up to 7.5-10 foot dishes now
will be ahead of the curve for a little bit longer.  Or the satellites will
need much higher ERPs! 

Where will we be protected for microwave satellite use in the future????

Ed - AL7EB

At 06:41 PM 5/15/03 -0400, Gunther Meisse wrote:
>BOY!! What a classic case: FOLLOW THE MONEY!!! The FCC, in the last 10+
>years, has always opened the gates, or allowed them to be opened, only
>to respond: WELLLLLLL! What ever became of the ALLOCATION LEADERSHIP
>that used to be the Commissions by-word????
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org] On
>Behalf Of JoAnne Maenpaa
>We thus conclude that an allocation for the amateur-
>satellite service would be impractical and difficult 
>to implement, given the protection status afforded 
>ISM devices and the large number of Part 15 devices 
>that operate in the band. Further, maintaining NIB 
>status for the amateur-satellite service in this 2 
>megahertz band is consistent with the NIB status 
>that an amateur satellite system would operate under 
>from 2400-2450 MHz, so amateur satellite use of this 
>band is not prejudiced by our decision.  Because we 
>are maintaining NIB status for the amateur-satellite 
>service, we will not place any restrictions on these 
>operations (e.g., downlink only operation as some 
>parties suggest).
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