SUITSAT SUCCESS- THE REFORM OF RADIO Although Suitsat has been a spectacular failure as a mission, it has had an major success in showcasing the REFORM OF RADIO for the average person, making space-age vision ACCESSIBLE TO ALL, with ** NO LICENSE REQUIRED** Previously the historically cutting edge amateur radio service, which licenses 'ham radio' operators, required a proven degree of technological expertise to get a ham radio 'ticket', and participate in the communications that allows 'hams' to communicate all over the world (much like the internet or cell phones, but without privacy, and with usually marginal links) But now, with Suitsat, this listen-only mission opens the door wide for a new kind of 'amateur' radio, which being unlicensed, need not be considered 'amateur radio'. As such, the huge group of technical savvy people, who have made FRS and Wifi vanguards of the new 'amateur wireless' have the opportunity to further hone their skills in the wireless art by participating in Suitsat--without ham radio! More than anything, Suitsat will be viewed as a spectacular success in the reform of radio--where a techno-savvy UNLICENSED group can demonstrate itself as a pool of those skilled in the wireless art. Even the HAMS don't need ham radio for Suitsat-- their listen-only results aren't transmitted 'over the air', but reported and archived on the unlicensed INTERNET. Some HAMS have EMBRACED the new paradigms with Suitsat. AJ3U has a great web page on Suitsat, that includes non-ham data from Suitsat. He also discusses how (even non-licensed) amateurs can set up their own Suitsat earth stations: http://www.aj3u.com/satellites.php All this -- thanks to ham radio!