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Re: FO-29 Digitalker



Well spoken Mike!

If we do not make an effort to show kids an attainable way learn about
ham radio and satellites (instead of portable game devices), the bands
are gonna be mighty quiet in 10- 15 yrs.

Digitalker is not a waste-

73,
Doug
AB8CJ

On Wed, 22 Sep 1999 22:07:22 -0400 "KF4FDJ (Mike in Fort Myers)"
<seven77@gate.net> writes:
 >Jim,
 >
 >"Walls, Jim R" wrote:
 >> Is it just me or does it seem to be a waste of a perfectly good 
 >satellite to
 >> have FO-29 spending most of it's time in digitalker mode?  According 
 >to the
 >> latest ANS news, here is the schedule for FO-29 for the next few 
 >weeks:
 >
 >To the seasoned satellite operator, the digitalker is not very
 >exciting.  Once you've worked FO20, or RS13, there just isn't much
 >thrill in listening to a digital loop.  The digitalker is not meant 
 >for
 >you or me.
 >
 >Imagine a 15 year old kid with a scanner.  She reads about an amateur
 >satellite she can easily hear with her scanner.  She spends a few 
 >hours
 >exploring our world, downloading a tracking program and keps.  She 
 >makes
 >her plans.  At the appointed minute, she heads outside with her little
 >brother, and begins waving the antenna around to acquire the bird. 
 >Success, there is FO29, and she has just heard her first radio
 >transmission directly from space.
 >
 >Believe me when I tell you that similar experiences are unfolding
 >WHENEVER FO29 is in digitalker mode.  Since creating and distributing 
 >a
 >FAQ on the digitalker, I have received email from all over the world. 
 >Usually the sender is a young person, who has just had their first
 >amateur satellite experience.  Inevitably, they crave more and ask 
 >great
 >questions.
 >
 >I sincerely believe that getting information on the FO29 digitalker 
 >into
 >the right hands can only help our hobby.  We will gain more
 >participants, and a little catalyst like this could encourage a
 >potential operator into taking the plunge.
 >
 >I am going to ask you for a favor.  Promise me you will search out at
 >least one kid who might be interested in space science.  Program the
 >digitalker frequency into your HT and let them listen.  Please share
 >your experience with the rest of us by telling us what happens and the
 >child's reaction.
 >
 >73, Mike in Fort Myers, FL
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