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Comments from MAREX-NA 30 DEC 1998



December 30, 1998

The international Space station is supposed to be a place of international
cooperation.
Over 16 countries have come together to build the new ISS.
Amateur Radio operations have always been supporters of international
cooperation.

However the creation of ARISS, is just one big monopoly of AMSAT, SAREX and
SAFEX clubs.
A monopoly who=92s primary goal is to prevent independent experienced
satellite clubs
from participating in space.

This following statement from Thomas Kieselbach, proves my earlier memo=

about
SAFEX=92s lack of willingness to cooperate with other independent clubs=
.

excerpt from Thomas memo
This stimulated us to develop a new power supply for the Russian 2 mete=
r
ham
station in a very short time without having any special contract and ex=
tra
money. This is the reason why the spare power supply has not been sent =
to
Russia but held by us. Otherwise it would have been used without our
knowledge for the SSTV equipment and could not have been considered as =
a
spare for the space-based one.
***

This statement proves:
1. The spare power supply is just sitting on a shelf in Germany.
2. SAFEX refuses to release or sell the power supply. (my contacts in
Moscow told
me the power supply is owed to Moscow, however even though I was told t=
his
more
than one time, there still could be a language translation error).
3. SAFEX=92s reason for not delivering is because they do not want a
NON-AMSAT club
to be helped by SAFEX.

The attitude displayed by SAFEX is similar to the general attitude of
ARISS.  Cooperation
and good will world wide are not ARISS primary goals.  It is more impor=
tant
for ARISS/AMSAT
to maintain a monopoly in space than it is to help other independent cl=
ub.
It is because of the actions of ARISS over the past two years that Ener=
gia
has taken sets to
prevent ARISS from running ISS.
ARISS is only managing the American side of ISS.  Energia is maintainin=
g
full jurisdiction of
all projects including Amateur Radio projects which are using any of th=
e
Russian
antenna ports.

If ARISS and SAFEX continue with their uncooperative  monopolistic
aptitude, there is the strong is a possibility
that NASA and Energia could get tired of all of the arguments and just
terminate all projects.
It is still possible to rebuild ARISS in to a public independent
orgiznations, who=92s goals are
to foster education programs and good will.


Sincerely


G. Miles Mann WF1F

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