Re: The sky really is going to fall on June 30

Richard Fredrick (rfredric@tfs.net)
Tue, 09 Jun 1998 23:34:54 -0500

Hi All,

First, I want to make clear that I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mike
McCants, Ted Molczan, T.S. Kelso, Alan Pickup and Allen Thompson for
their years of work in bringing to the "Net" the TLE's on which our
hobby depends. I think a message campaign is exactly what is called for
now that OIG is closing down their BBS access and switching to a totally
Web-based system. 

Maybe our messages to OIG will sway the administrators to allow special
access to larger downloads for those who request them. In the event that
such a campaign doesn't work, let's set up a system to continue to make
the TLE lists available. If it becomes necessary, I am also willing to
donate my time to downloading whatever segment of the Molczan list I
would be assigned and forwarding the elements to Mike (and certainly
others who need them.)

Mike McCants wrote:
> 
> My scripts don't work right today because the OIG BBS system
> has a new message on the front:
> 
> ******************************************************************************
> *                                                                            *
> *               <<<<<<<<<<<< URGENT NOTICE >>>>>>>>>>>>                      *
> *               <<<<<<<<<<<< URGENT NOTICE >>>>>>>>>>>>                      *
> *                                                                            *
> * The support for this bulletin board will be discontinued on 30 June 1998!  *
> *                                                                            *
> * The technological foundation of this BBS system has proven unable to       *
> * completely satisfy the increasing needs of our loyal customers.            *
> * Our new web server will become the primary data distribution mechanism.    *
> * We will do every thing within our power to assist our BBS customers in     *
> * their transition to the web server.  The web server offers all of the data *
> * currently available on the BBS along with many new and enhanced features.  *
> *             http://oigsysop.gsfc.nasa.gov                                  *
> *                                                                            *
> *             We deeply regret having to take this action.                   *
> *                      The System Administrator                              *
> *                                                                            *
> ******************************************************************************
> 
> I can fix my scripts for today, but they aren't going to work at all
> after June 30.  And the web server is limited to 100 element sets
> for one user per day.
> 
> Mike McCants

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Sincerely,
Richard Fredrick
rfredric@tfs.net
Fairway, KS USA
39.021N 94.637W