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Re: Six Amateur Radio Satellites to Launch in March



What is the "purpose" of the amateur service?
FCC Part 97.1 defines is as ...

§97.1 Basis and purpose.
The rules and regulations in this Part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles: 

(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications. 

(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art. 

(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communications and technical phases of the art. 

(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts. 

(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill. 
 
Now, do these new satellites do that? Look carefully and I think you will find these new satellites do meet most of those purposes. We get exposure to students to encourage and expand the number of operators, the satellites are internationally developed and non commercial. They permit opportunities to advance the radio art and encourage skill advancement (even if it is just for digital operators). With a little imagination, I believe they meet them all. Just because the satellite does not meet a particular interest area does not mean it is not an amateur satellite. 

Instead of complaining about what these satellites don't do, maybe getting in touch with the builders and explore ways to add features and capabilities given their limited space. These builders have a license and will be putting a satellite on orbit. Those are two big steps on the road to opportunity.

Kenneth - N5VHO
(Part 97 source http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/news/part97/a.html#1)

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Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 10:43 AM
To: Robert Turlington; Trevor; Amsat Buleitin Board
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Six Amateur Radio Satellites to Launch in March

Hi Robert, G8ATE

I agree completely with you because following the World Administrative Radio
Conference Geneva 1979 the definition of "Amateur-Satellite-Service" adopted
as well by the IARU Region 1-2 and 3  is the following:
                    ------------------------
NOC 3108 84ATA Spa2

3.35 Amateur-Satellite-Service:

A radiocommunication service using space stations on earth satellites for
the same purposes as those of the Amateur Service.
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As far I understand an Amateur Radio Satellite should comply with the above
definition and so at this time I hope only in P3E

73" de

i8CVS Domenico

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From: "Robert Turlington" <rob_g8ate@hotmail.com>
To: "Trevor" <m5aka@yahoo.co.uk>; "Amsat Buleitin Board"
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Cc: "malcolm hall" <malcolm.hall2@ntlworld.com>; "John Heath"
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Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 3:54 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Six Amateur Radio Satellites to Launch in March


>
> I follow with interest the future launch of so called Amateur Radio
Satellites where in fact Delfi-C3 is probably the only one to carry a true
Amateur radio payload the others , so far as I am concerned, just happen to
use frequencies in the Amateur bands. It looks good on paper when we can say
look at all these satellites on  Amateur frequencies but this begs the
question what is the true definition of an AMATEUR RADIO SATELLITE???
Regards Robert G8ATE > Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 20:15:54 +0000> From:
m5aka@yahoo.co.uk> To: amsat-bb@amsat.org> Subject: [amsat-bb] Six Amateur
Radio Satellites to Launch in March> > It looks like they'll be six Amateur
Radio satellites launching in March> including Delfi-C3, see > >
http://www.uk.amsat.org/ > > 73 Trevor M5AKA> > > >
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