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RE: "Bad News"

Hi Jamie

Very well said.

Lets stop the moaning and fighting, and just enjoy the hobby.  Whichever
mode is working, is great with me.

Ray (ZS6RSW)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-SAREX@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-SAREX@AMSAT.Org]On Behalf Of
> James R. Gorr
> Sent: 31 May 1999 11:26
> To: SAREX Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [sarex] "Bad News"
> Oh boy, the tide is turning.  I must be an OT now because I remember
> when Miles Mann was the bad guy, but now it's pick on Dr. Larson time.
> I like getting pics from the MIR also.  However, it's not as fun as
> getting QSL card from people in other states for 2 way unproto packet
> contacts via the MIR.  The kicker for me is my station: an HT
> with a mag
> mount on the heater unit in my attic!  Until the 2 mtr / 70
> cm situation
> is fixed I don't see why the weekday / weekend- packet / SSTV schedule
> is causing any problems with people.  And honestly, I don't
> foresee that
> problem ever getting fixed.
> As one person wrote concerning packet:
> > And from what I hear it is a very inefficient system since only one
> contact can be
> >handled at a time provided no body else is trying to access
> the system.
> "Standard packet" is not "polite" on the MIR, everyone is using (or
> maybe should be using) unproto mode.  Unproto mode allows
> many people to
> use the MIR packet station at the same time.  If you are
> unfamiliar with
> packet operation, you should look into it as it is really kind of fun
> with little equipment, an HT, an XT computer or better, and a TNC.
> I think the greatest perk of SSTV on the MIR is introducing non hams
> into the hobby, but I wonder how many people actually share their
> received pictures with others other than to brag.  IMHO, I think that
> receiving the pictures are the easy part, using them for some better
> purpose like setting up a station at a local school to get kids
> interested in amateur radio is the purpose better served.  If all a
> person does is receive pictures for there own enjoyment,
> which is fine,
> I think that would be boring.  To actually have a two-way contact with
> another person is a real thrill and actually takes skill.  I think, if
> you aren't transmitting, you don't really need a license.  Then you're
> really just a SWL/scanner listener, which again is totally
> fine.  I just
> hate to see Dr. Larson, (and Mr. Mann for that matter) trashed on a
> public forum.  I agree with the person that said: Just my thoughts and
> "ANY" operations from space is a step in the correct direction. . .
> If SSTV is running, I can receive that, if packet is running, I can
> operate that mode, if APRS is running, I do that too.  You won't catch
> me so narrow mindedly pigeon holed into only one mode of
> operation that
> I have to complain on the reflector if it isn't being run.
> Thank you Dr. Larson, Miles, and Bob Bruninga for all your work on the
> MIR radio program, I have enjoyed the fruits of all your labors!  I
> don't like to see all the bickering between Miles and Dr. Larson,  but
> I'd more dislike to see either of them give up!
> Jamie
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