[amsat-bb] Re: Satgate System Closed

Graham Shirville g.shirville at btinternet.com
Wed Apr 25 14:08:56 PDT 2007

Hi Roy,

Thanks for the notification. I should tell you that the Satgate system is 
still celebrated every year at the AMSAT-UK Colloquium where, when the 
official bars are closed, many of the assembled company move onto one of the 
student kitchens for late night discussions and debate.

These must have started out as Satgate Meetings for that is what they are 
still called!


Graham G3VZV

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roy" <rdwelch at swbell.net>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 9:32 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Satgate System Closed

> After many years of packet message forwarding via UO-22, GO-32 and AO-51
> the Satgate System will close due to a lack of traffic being handled.
> The total of thirty five worldwide stations in the system a few years
> ago has dwindled due to this lack of traffic, maintenance problems,
> change of QTH and Silent Keys.
> The system was begun long enough ago that I have lost track of the date.
>  It was given birth by David Medley, KI6QE who was in California at the
> time.  The chief Guru and driving force over the past partial decade has
> been Andrew Sellers, G8TZJ  who gets credit for developing the software
> which permitted the Satgate stations to operate in fully automated mode.
>  Traffic was accepted from the terrestrial packet network using BBS
> programs like the F6FBB program and routed to the satellites via the
> WiSP program.  It was also downloaded from the satellite and routed into
> the terrestrial packet network untouched by human hands, all thanks to
> Andrew.
> My appreciation goes to David for establishing the Satgate System and to
> Andrew for his effort in keeping this Network going.  Thanks also to the
> remaining few of the Satgates who will be shutting down.
> -- 
> 73, Roy -- W0SL
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