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

To: [email protected], "Mike Dennison" <[email protected]>
Subject: LF: Discussion of the Peter Bobek award, and TransAtlantic II
From: "Larry Kayser" <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 10:53:41 -0400
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Greetings All.


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

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

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

Summary, the award does not drive the project, the award is a byproduct of
the results of the project.


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