[amsat-bb] Re: SO-50

Virgil Bierschwale vbiersch at gmail.com
Mon Sep 2 15:25:50 PDT 2013

Clint, Checked out your site today, and I appreciate you putting all that

While I'm not a newcomer to satellite communications (six years in the navy
on a frigate), I am a newbie to amateur satellite communications and like
most, I had no idea where to turn as there is so much stuff out there.

Just wanted to say thanks for putting all that together.


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From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Clint Bradford
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2013 4:57 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: SO-50

>> ... 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

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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