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Re: Question to Sat ops about ISS



I am also confused about the disinterest in the ISS by some AMSAT folks.

>From what I have observed the ISS transponder can run in at least 3 modes:
1. Voice - rarely, tough to make a contact, but way cool if you are
successful
2. APRS - Usually on, of interest to APRS fans.
3. Keyboard QSO mode.  You can send one line messages to each other using
the APRS format and it doesn't degrade APRS operations significantly.  Lots
more chances for short contacts, and, unlike UO-14 you can really tell if
someone hears you and calls back.  It's a lot of fun to operate and makes a
nice demo for visitors.

If only they could keep the system up and running.

Grant Zehr AA9LC

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Howard Long" <howard@howardlong.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2003 11:16 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Question to Sat ops about ISS


> Folks
>
> I might have misunderstood, and I certainly don't wish to make waves, but
it
> intrigues me as to why folks who are interested in operating amateur
> satellites might not be interested in ISS amateur operations, manned or
> unmanned.
>
> I can understand why operators interested in manned ISS contacts might not
> be interested in unmanned satellites, and I can see that this justifies a
> separate SAREX list.
>
> Not a criticism, just interested as to why this may be the case, and if
I've
> misunderstood, tell me!
>
> Personally I find both sides fascinating.
>
> 73 Howard G6LVB
>
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