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Re: FW: will AMSAT be ready for the next disaster?



My two cents:

I'm all for getting more HEO's up.  But to be useful in areas that may have
lack of communications infrastructure (or destroyed ones), it should
provide for mode U/V or even 28/144 MHz modes...to enable the greatest use.
 In designing for our satellite activities this is an important arguement
that needs to be kept in mind.  One successful use of a ham-sat during a
wide-area emergency and the ham radio satellite community will receive a
huge boost in support from the populace and have notice by gov't leaders!

However, LEO's are easily used by those with minimum equipment, so they
have their use in an emergency.  They are limited in their footprint and
access-time.  Store-and-forward packet is usefull for requesting support,
supplies, etc., but with the long duration wide-area footprint and
multi-channel capability of a HEO the utilitiy goes way up!

73's Ed - AL7EB
"up here we know a lot about earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis!"


At 01:51 PM 12/30/2004 -0500, Steve kb9ups wrote:
> I'm with Greg! We have many LEO's and even more are scheduled for launch
this coming year..We NEED the HEO's up as soon as can be done "right".
Support Eagle. The LEO's do have some worth in a disaster, but HEO's are
the key to long term comms with an area. I have and will be monitoring
AO-51 traffic and will pass anything pertinent to the Red Cross, which has
already contacted ME for help in keeping the local office informed. SUPPORT
EAGLE.
>
>
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>AMSAT takes a hit from the Earthquake/Tsunami.
>
> It is to bad that AMSAT's world wide was not ready for the Tsunami disaster 
>of a few days ago. it seems that there is more interest in funding the ARISS 
>program and building LEO satellites that don't offer much help in a time of 
>a disaster (minutes ver hours), if there were two HEO satellites up in orbit 
>just think of the reconition and PR that AMSAT as a whole could get and 
>maybe some goverment backing in futur projects. AMSAT should have been ready 
>to play a small role in any emergency traffic to be sent out/in of those 
>effected areas because that is whats hams do. I hope that AMSAT change's its 
>vision and direction to making HEO satellites a top priority rather on their 
>own personal projects (ARISS/LEO sats). AMSAT has way too many 
>resources/poeple to be spread so thin. I am not agianst ARISS or LEO's but 
>they should only be a secondary projects that dont drain AMSAT of its funds 
>and resorces.
>
>will AMSAT-world wide be ready for the next disaster?
>
>AMSAT member.
>Greg N0ZHE 
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