[Fwd: LF: Discussion of the Peter Bobek award, and TransAtlantic II]

Andre' Kesteloot akestelo@bellatlantic.net
Fri, 14 Apr 2000 16:55:07 -0400

Larry Kayser wrote:

> Greetings All.
> Gentlemen:
> I would sincerely appreciate if discussions about the Peter Bobek award in
> any terms of the activities of the TransAtlantic II project be avoided now
> and until after TransAtlantic II results are known at the end of next
> November.
> I am very sure that Peter Bobek was a person of honour, and some justly feel
> that the award was conceived and now promoted as a recognition of a great
> achievement in LF.
> The facts are, that the award requirements must and will have ZERO impact on
> how TransAtlantic II will be undertaken from this side of the Atlantic.  I
> have only read the award requirements in a most cursory manner and will not
> read them again until after we return from VO1 in November.  I have nothing
> against or for the award, but I do know my focus - have signals heard both
> ways and if possible get a two way QSO across the North Atlantic in
> November.
> The simple facts of the matter are, that what we have to do to get an LF QSO
> in the amateur LF band across the North Atlantic the FIRST time will be many
> dB in excess of what will be required to have the 200th or 2000th QSO across
> the North Atlantic on LF.
> We can test the results achieved by TransAtlantic II, and wouldn't it be
> wonderful if we could do it with 1W erp, after the test period is over.  If
> the award requirements have been met then well and good.  If the award
> requirements have not been meet this also is well and good.  My personal
> feelings are that I would really like to have a serious discussion later
> this year about the qualification for the award, that would mean that some
> signals were heard either way or a completed QSO was achieved over the North
> Atlantic.....
> Summary, the award does not drive the project, the award is a byproduct of
> the results of the project.
> Larry