[amsat-bb] Re: SO-50

Clint Bradford clintbrad4d at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 2 14:56:52 PDT 2013

>> ... I may be mistaken but wouldn't instances like this be viable candidates to
notify an ARRL Official Observer about?

Heck, let's call the FCC. Let's get some $5-10K fines daily issued for such illegal
activity ...

You gotta be kidding.

For a decade now I have witnessed "problems" handled with phone calls and email 
mesages. There't no reason we cannot continue to take care of this aspect of 
this magnificent hobby in the same manner.

But I fail to see a true definition of what the "problem" is. The "problem" seems to be, 
for some, the fact that they cannot take their children out in the back yard on a 
Saturday afternoon and be able to make contacts at will on an FM satellite. That 
is a care of unrealistic expectations - and not a "problem" for authorities to handle.

Heck, I just went outside with 2 Watts - on a federal holiday in the U.S. - and worked 
three states within three minutes on a mediocre pass of SO-50. And that was BEFORE 
the satellite was half-way through its 25 or so degree pass.

Yes, there's impolite ops, I am sure. But "Let's sic the feds on 'em!"??? We are 
better than that. We're communicators, for gawd's sake. Let's use our communications 
and public relations talents to maintain the hobby. It's worked in the past.

Clint Bradford K6LCS
909-241-7666 - cell

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