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From: zlau@arrl.org
Subject: Re: REALITY CHECK!
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 1996 13:14:00 -0500

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>Example: at the recent AMSAT meeting I met a recently licensed ham who
>has worked in commercial satellite communications for some time. In
>private, this person expressed shock at the primitive, brute-force
>approach that prevails in the amateur service. Slow data rates. Poor
>reliability. Ridiculously large antennas and RF power
>outputs. Little, if any, reuse of spectrum. Very little, if any,
>careful system design in evidence. Just what are we doing to justify
>our allocations, this person wondered.

How do you do the system design if you haven't figured out the path mechanisms yet? The advantage of crude CW methods is that effects like doppler and dispersion are readily apparent.

For example, by listening to some tapes, it wasn't difficult to determine that 10 GHz signals were being distorted by some windmills in Princeton MA--at least by those of us who have attempted to sleep near those noisy monsters.. Zack W1VT

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