fall back on the obsolescence of CW as a
communications mode. Well, it looks like FM repeaters
and SSB HF use as we know it is becoming, if not already,
Guess we should get rid of old repeater technology
and get with the times. Yup -- ham operators MUST be at
the forefront of technology. No more CW, no more FM
repeaters, no more wasting time chasing DX on HF when
you can dial them up on your satellite based radio.
SATELLITE-BASED DISPATCH RADIO SERVICE
ANNOUNCED SERVIING ENTIRE CONTINENT
RESTON, VA. - American Mobile Satellite Corp.
has introduced Skycell Satellite Dispatch Service,
a digital point-to-multipoint broadcast system that can
operate throughout North America, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto
Rico, the U.S. *** Islands and 200 miles of coastal
Skycell Satellite Dispatch Service and its subscriber
equipment will be distributed beginning in this year's
fourth quarter, AMSC said.
The service provides comprehensive voice dispatch
and individual private telephone service for small and large
fleets of mobile users. Each network can be divided into
multiple talk groups, enabling a dispatcher to communicate
with individual users, groups of users of the entire fleet
by opening a voice channel and broadcasting a message.
Skycell customers will be able to have up to 10,000 mobile
users in one network, AMSC said.
Users are equipped with a fully digital Skycell
satellite telephone with push-to-talk dispatch capability
for land, mobile, fixed site, maritime, aviation and
transportable applications. Phones are manufactured by
Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
AMSC offers fleet management mobile data and
position reporting to the maritime, trucking and rail
industries throughout the United States through leased
AMSC shareholders include Huges Electronics Corp.,
Singapore Telecommunications, McCaw Cellular
Communications Inc. and Mobile Telecommunication
Technologies Corp. AMSC launched its first satellite
From RCR (Radio Communications Report)
August 21, 1995 edition, page 43.
Please don't use the argument that SSB DXing is
"enjoyable" or that you "enjoy" using FM repeaters.
The "enjoyment" factor does not seem to be relevant
with CW arguments and consequently should not be a
consideration here. Nor should cost of equipment, as a
simple CW transmitter is far less expensive than a full
featured SSB rig (and much easire to build if you had
the desire or need to do so). And since many past anti-CW
posts have used the argument that the military and the Coast
Guard have dropped CW use, I feel it appropriate to note
that commercial interests are dumping use of FM repeaters
and HF because they are aware that single frequency
repeater systems and HF operations are obsolete
and inefficient for today's communications requirements.
The pot is now sufficiently stirred. Let's turn up the
heat and see if it boils over.
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Jason Lansky, NF6E