[amsat-bb] Re: AO-40 Replacement

Nick Pugh K5QXJ quadpugh at bellsouth.net
Thu Sep 5 02:16:37 PDT 2013

Please watch this short video it give a path to HEO

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From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
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Sent: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 7:28 PM
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AO-40 Replacement

>> ... launch opportunities are so rare that we ought to
fly the most capable equipment we can on those rare occasions when we can
get a launch ...

Perhaps we should define, "most capable equipment." And we also need to
define "bang for the buck."

What should a ham satellite program offer to the amateur community?
If bringing new hams into this aspect of the hobby is important, then we
need another AO-51 - which was probably the greatest marketing tool ever
seen in the amateur satellite community. Its ease of use was the cause of
scores of media alerts and publicity for amateur radio.
And most importantly, it got more people looking skyward and thinking they
could work amateur satellites than any other project. 

Then there was the marvelous marketing surrounding ARISSat-1 ...

What else should an amateur satellite program offer? Many here want
satellites that are only accessible with an investment of many hundreds of
dollars' worth of antenna systems and equipment. (Some would actually love
it if Technicians weren't allowed - that's how extreme thinking is on this
topic.) Is THAT what will move the hobby forward for the masses?

IS there a "middle ground?" Sure is a polarized topic (pun intended). Some
want the hobby and sat use to grow ... others want to exclude as many fellow
hams as possible. 

Clint Bradford K6LCS

Clint Bradford, K6LCS
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