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Re: AO-54?--reply by K7RR

So now we are going to go back and remove the Oscar numbers from Oscar 
9,  Oscar 11 as well as Oscar 1.  Man we really are getting ambitious.


Christensen, Eric wrote:
> I'll have to agree with everything Cliff and Emily have said here.  
> While OSCAR-1 was a technology feat in its' day, I don't think SuitSat 
> (with similar capabilities) is looked at similarly with the ability to 
> do what we can now do with satellites.  I'm not sure how to describe 
> what I'm seeing in my head as the basis for issuing an AO number but 
> "I know it when I see it".
> Maybe a requirement should be that the satellite has the ability to 
> repeat what it hears on an uplink.  That the satellite's main mission 
> is for amateur communications and not just to broadcast.  While all of 
> our satellites are experiments in some sense of the word it shouldn't 
> have been built strictly as an experiment (which is how many of these 
> CUBESATs are being built).
> Like I said, I don't know how to properly define an AO satellite, but 
> I know it when I see it (as I think many others do as well).
> 73s,
> Eric KF4OTN
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org on behalf of Cliff Buttschardt
> *Sent:* Thu 09-Feb-06 02:04
> *To:* Emily Clarke
> *Cc:* Robert McGwier; AL7CR; amsat-bb@amsat.org; Greg Wycoff; Robert 
> Bruninga; Polysat@atl.calpoly.edu
> *Subject:* Re: [amsat-bb] AO-54?--reply by K7RR
> Emily Clarke wrote:
> > [Caveat - opinions are my own and not the opinion of AMSAT or the 
> Board.]
> >
> > Robert McGwier wrote:
> >
> >> There are published guidelines about who can get an oscar number.  If
> >> you meet those with a wet noodle generating a femtowatt,  you too will
> >> get an oscar number.  Is it not an orbitting satellite carrying
> >> amateur radio?
> >>
> >> Bob
> >> N4HY
> >>
> >

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