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Re: Grad Student needs help - In search of amateur satellite history...



Third hit on Google.....

http://www.spacetoday.org/Satellites/Hamsats/HamsatsBasics.html




--- Emily Clarke <emily@clarke-design.com> wrote:

> Dave wrote me about early mobile and portable use of
> OSCAR 
> satellites, and quite frankly that was a bit before
> my time.  I'm 
> sure there are some folks on the reflector who may
> have some comments 
> that might help Dave out.
> 
> 73,
> 
> Emily
> 
> 
> 
> >From: Dave hartzell <hartzell@gmail.com>
> >To: w0eec@amsat.org
> >Subject: In search of amateur satellite history...
> >
> >Hello Emily,
> >
> >We've never met, but I'm a graduate student doing
> some research into 
> >satellite telecommunications. I'm also a licenced
> ham, just getting 
> >back into the field.  It appears you have done
> great work helping to 
> >organize and promote Amsat!
> >
> >One reason why I'm writing is that I am looking for
> documented proof 
> >of early mobile or portable use of amateur
> satellite communication, 
> >possibly even as far back as OSCAR 3.  I am trying
> to put Amsat and 
> >OSCAR achievements into the perspective of the
> commercial 
> >telecommunications industry.  I hope to submit the
> paper for 
> >publication in a space history journal.
> >
> >Here is my thesis:  It is my belief that amateur
> radio operators 
> >beat governments and commercial organizations
> (military, NASA, 
> >Intelsat, INMARSAT) by doing the first mobile (car,
> truck, camping, 
> >etc.)  satellite communications. Its already clear
> that amateurs 
> >beat INMARSAT, Iridium and GlobalStar to the punch
> in the portable 
> >hand-held arena, but I'd like to go back farther.
> >
> >Do you know of any documents or QST articles
> discussing this?  If I 
> >recall correctly, Project OSCAR is based out of the
> Bay Area here, 
> >and a few of the original pioneers might still be
> around.
> >
> >I live in the Bay Area...I missed your talk at the
> NASA Ames Amateur 
> >Radio club a few weeks ago (I'm an employee there).
>  I do plan on 
> >attending Pacificon next week, perhaps you would
> have time to chat 
> >if you're attending?
> >
> >Thanks much and 73's,
> >
> >Dave, N0TGD
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