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Re: geo stationary bird



I was thinking the same thing.  One of the things that brought
me back into ham radio was the challenge and new experiences.
But a geosat sounds like it would be nothing more than
an internet chatroom - all it takes is a connection.  Don't get me
wrong, it will be great for EMCOMM.  But, other than that, meh.

Bob

--- Michael Tondee <mat_62@netcommander.com> wrote:

>  This is kind of along the lines of what I was thinking. Please don't 
> get me wrong, I think AMSAT has an excellent opportunity here  but won't 
> this take some of the challenge out of things? I missed AO-40 altogether 
> and I'm not active now because I had to sell my equipment  but what 
> originally drew me to sat operation in the first place was the challenge 
> and thrill of working birds like the LEO linear and FM birds. I enjoy 
> watching the footprint move across my PC screen. Heck, sometimes I just 
> liked to go out on the deck on a not particularly good pass and watch 
> the antennas track! I'll certainly be back in business for 
> geostationary  piggy back systems and use them but I'm thinking it will 
> seem rather ordinary. Any ham who is capable of pointing an antenna to a 
> fixed spot can become satellite active. I know, I know, thats good but 
> it also takes away some of the novelty of it. I guess we can still 
> challenge ourselves with P3E.
> Again, please don't misconstrue my intention here, I'm not meaning to 
> criticize or complain, I'm just making an observation.
> 73,
> Michael, W4HIJ
> w7lrd@comcast.net wrote:
> > Hello
> > To play the devils advocate for a moment.  
> > With a geo (stuck) sattelite we are pretty much stuck with the same foot
> print forever.  Unless of course there is some sort of cross linking in the
> future.  I very fondly recall AO-40 and bringing it up on my computer and
> seeing where the foot print was today.  Maybe it's the Europeans or perhaps
> the VK's, ZL's (love their accent), or maybe some JA's, (practice my
> Japanese).  At some time, I knew I could cover the whole planet.  I do of
> course believe this is an excellent opportunity, though there are a some
> limitations.
> >
> > --
> > 73 Bob W7LRD 
> > AMSAT member 28498 
> > Seattle
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