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Re: eagle costs



Diane,
There are five sub parts to 97.1 , why do you only state one? What do simple
LEO satellites offer Emergency services when they only have 40 or so minutes
of visibility per day, Vs 12+ hours for an HEO. I would assume that anything
in Amateur Radio that is applicable under three sub parts of 97.1 will ring
the bell, just one I don't think so.

Learning by doing includes learning to build Satellites and refine them to
last for many years, please include AO-10 and AO-13 on the list, is part of
the evolutionary process. We all must take risks otherwise we would still be
riding donkeys to town for supplies, and two tin cans and a long string
would be considered high technology.

AO-40 failures were as I understand it, a result of the new launch vehicle,
a larger payload, different orbit (avoiding AO-13 demise)  and we were very
lucky we were not on the first flights of the new French rocket!

Art, KC6UQH

----- Original Message -----
From: "Diane Bruce" <db@db.net>
To: "KC6UQH" <kc6uqh@cox.net>
Cc: "Jim Sanford" <wb4gcs@AMSAT.Org>; "wa6fwf" <wa6fwf@pacbell.net>;
"amsat-bb" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, September 05, 2004 5:52 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] eagle costs


> On Sat, Sep 04, 2004 at 10:29:14PM -0700, KC6UQH wrote:
> > Guess I will throw in my two cents.
> ...
> >
> > KISS and build what works sounds good , but what about learning
something
> > new, and maybe advancing the state of the Radio Art? Have we forgot the
> > purposes of Amateur Radio as outlined in Part 97.1?
>
> http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/news/part97/
>
> (a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the
> public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly
with
> respect to providing emergency communications.
>
> How does building more and more complex sats that blow up or burnup
> satisfy 97.1a ?
>
> For AMSAT to grow, there have to be satellites in the sky that can
> attract, and more importantly keep amateurs. There also has to be a system
> of satellites that is actually useful to satisfy part 97.1a
>
> There will be plenty of room still for experimentation once this
> is achieved.
>
> - Diane VA3DB
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