>> ... cushcraft serves their purpose, they are the Walmart or Mc
Donalds of the antenna world ...
Cushcraft was never a "bargain basement" product, and was never
cutthroat with their pricing. Care in Q.C. and production methods were
Comparing Cushcraft to Walmart (importer of cheap Chinese goods, and
lousy appreciation of their workforce) or McDonalds (mass production
of unhealthy foods, again unappreciative of their workforce) is rather
Just my opinion, of course.
Clint Bradford, K6LCS
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Donald Jacob <wb5eku(a)gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 9:28 AM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Re: Don't Fly SuitSat2 to ISS (rebuttal)
To: Rocky Jones <orbitjet(a)hotmail.com>
Lets just let this thread die. He seems to be trolling, twisting wording
around to rile
up the group.
Just think if he put this much time into something productive..
He, along with the guy in Canada and San Diego are going into my
filter so I don't even have to waste the time to delete his ridiculous
and inflammatory posts.
On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 9:13 AM, Rocky Jones <orbitjet(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
> perhaps you have hit the problem squarely on the head.
> > I didn't say that. Read it again. I said they will work on and build
> what they believe in.
> Volunteerism is an act of service. Indeed it is the foundation of
> "service" (no matter if it is the Boy Scouts/FFA or the US military)...the
> questions are whose interest does one serve when one volunteers and how is
> ones service perceived. .
> >From what I am hearing you say, (write) is that the folks who are doing
> the building on AMSAT satellites are not for the most part serving the
> interest of the Amateur Satellite community, but what? Themselves?
> I think you volunteer a lot for the BSA...I do. When I do that the joy I
> get out of volunteering is the service...not so much volunteering just for
> the things that I enjoy.
> Are you saying that the folks who build the satellites are doing it for
> their own self interest?
> Iif so..."Houston we have a problem"
> Robert WB5MZO
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Please check the website of Alan, GM1SXX who has made a picture gallery for me of the pictures made at the Ham Fair in Tokyo.
More pictures will follow, so check it up again, after some time.
I have also seen the new ICOM 9100 at the ICOM booth on the Ham Fair here in Tokyo.
The rig looks very nice, but when I asked some technical details they said that they still working on it and that it is not finished yet. The IC9100 on the booth was not RF operational (maybe reason why no mic was connected on it). It still has a nice look, and it would be a great rig to have in the future shack.
My thanks to Alan, GM1SXX for making the picture gallery
73 de JA/PE1RAH,
William Leijenaar in Tokyo.
If memory serves me correctly, I think Den Connors was the person who set us
up with Telemail through the University. It cost about $18,000 a year!
On Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 12:35 AM, Tom Clark, K3IO <tom.k3io(a)gmail.com>wrote:
> I'm sure that many early TAPRites remember TAPR's first President, Den
> Connors, KD2S. Den was active in Tucson circa 1982-83 at the formation of
> TAPR, during the TNC-1 days. Some info on Den can be seen at
> http://www.tapr.org/history.html, as documented in the first PSR (
> http://www.tapr.org/pub_psr1.html). The early TAPR PSRs can be read at
> http://www.ka9q.net/newsletters.html. In 1982 (in PSR #2), Den and I made
> the first proposal for an amateur radio packet satellite. Around 1984, Den
> moved east to take a job at Wang Computers in Lowell, MA.
> Den's story can be read at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/denconnors. I
> lost touch with him in ~1986. Just tonite, I got this sad note from Ralph,
> KD1SM that I want to share with you:
> I don't know if you or other TAPR/AMSAT old-timers are still
> in contact with Den Connors KD2S. I know you two worked
> together a lot in early packet days.
> If you have not kept in touch with Den, then I'm sorry to tell you
> that he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma two years
> ago. I'm even sorrier to tell you that a bone marrow transplant
> that had been scheduled for this week has been canceled. The
> message circulated among his colleagues reads:
> "Den was simply too ill to proceed. A PET scan was done yesterday
> and it found that the cancer has spread through out his whole body.
> He will come home tomorrow and be attended to by the Hospice folks.
> Doctors estimate approx 5 weeks. I can t tell you how truly Den will
> be missed by all who knew him. If any of you have read his Caring
> Bridge I m sure you can understand what incredible spirit Den has. "
> Ralph Swick KD1SM
> Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club
> Friend of Den's for ~15 years.
> Via the Senior-officers mailing list at AMSAT.ORG courtesy of AMSAT-NA
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