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Re: AO-54?



suitsat is a good example as to why the "OSCAR number policy" 
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/information/faqs/numbers.php  should go under 
a major overhaul, it is very broad and has no real requirments to be met. 
there is a big difference between an experiment that has a life of just a 
few weeks and a real amatuer radio transpounder that is expected to last for 
years providing communications voice or data. not trying to take anything 
away from suitsat because it was a great school project for the young 
students, and any exposer that amatuer radio can get is a good thing.

Greg N0ZHE

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert McGwier" <rwmcgwier@comcast.net>
To: "David Goncalves" <davegoncalves@gmail.com>
Cc: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 2:41 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO-54?


> The Soviet Union no longer exists.  AMSAT-Russia did their part and 
> AMSAT-NA did theirs and the ARISS leader requested AO-54 on their behalf 
> and by golly, they earned it.
>
> Bob
> N4HY
>
>
>
> David Goncalves wrote:
>> It may be a Russian call, but it is an American built system.
>> That could be the case supporting an AO designation. But, with a russian
>> call and 'spacecraft', I'd have choosen a designation that covered both
>> parties; perhaps ISS-Oscar 54 (IO-54).
>>
>> If it is an orbiting satellite carrying an amatuer radio package and will 
>> be
>> opened for amatuer radio use, it should get an OSCAR designation, no 
>> matter
>> the quality of operation. However, I wouldn't have given the OSCAR to the
>> satellites that were never turned on for amatuer radio use, like PANSAT 
>> and
>> POSAT. A designation shouldn't be given for intent.
>>
>> David Goncalves
>> W1EUJ
>>
>> On 2/7/06, Andre v Schayk <andre@pe1rdw.demon.nl> wrote:
>>
>>> AL7CR schreef:
>>>
>>>
>>>> An Oscar number for an old space suit that hardly anyone can hear?
>>>> Great.  If they just throw a handheld out the door does it get an
>>>> Oscar number too?
>>>>
>>>>
>>> I´m more surpriced it got an AO number rather then a RS number, afterall
>>> the callsign is rusian.
>>>
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