[amsat-bb] Re: Montagues & Capulets (was: FM vs SSB, HEO vs LEO, etc)

Bob- W7LRD w7lrd at comcast.net
Thu Oct 18 10:52:03 PDT 2012

Clayton et al. 100% correct...The lowest common denominator is cost...If you're not donating your time and dollars you have lost your credibility to complain...somewhere along this latest diatribe it was mentioned we're a "cheap bunch". "Home brew" has it's limits. Our personal predilections are irrelevant to the grander scheme of things. I have suggested a few times we all go through our shacks and sell off that "get around to it" project, and send the money to the AMSAT of your choice. I have sold stuff, given talks to clubs, had a booth at hamfests, regularly have automatic funds sent to AMSAT. You're either in or you're not. 
73 Bob W7LRD 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Clayton Coleman" <kayakfishtx at gmail.com> 
To: "AMSAT" <amsat-bb at amsat.org> 
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2012 8:46:23 AM 
Subject: [amsat-bb] Montagues & Capulets (was: FM vs SSB, HEO vs LEO, etc) 

Regularly we see passionate emails about the following subjects: 

- Cubesats vs microsats 
- FM vs SSB 
- HEO vs MEO vs LEO 
- Pacsats vs voice 
- Easy vs hard sats 

One desire stands out as a common element in most of these heated 
email threads. That is the desire for a satellite to facilitate 2-way 
communications. I happen to find that aspect of satellites most 
enjoyable whether on an FM, SSB, or digital bird. 

You can keep pimping your ideas for the perfect satellite to the 
Internet OR get with an existing program that is working to launch a 
transponder. Sending emails over and over stating how beep-beeps 
don’t put entries in your logbook doesn’t contribute to the launch of 
new satellites. Do something productive to contribute (or send 


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