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AMSAT Strategy Workshop Announcement

The Future is Now: AMSATís Strategy Workshop

All AMSAT members are invited to participate in a workshop that will be held
at the upcoming 14th AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium in Portland,
Maine. The two-hour workshop will begin at 10:00 AM, Sunday, 29 October 2000
soon after the Area Coordinatorsí Breakfast. The workshop will solicit
membersí input into the development of a post-Phase 3D AMSAT strategy.

Over the past year, a team of AMSAT members has been involved in the
difficult task of identifying and analyzing a variety of issues that need to
be considered when developing a sound and viable strategy for AMSAT.
Presently, the Strategy Team is at a point where AMSAT membersí review and
comment on their progress would be of enhanced value. After considering
membersí comments, the Strategy Teamís efforts will be presented to the
AMSAT Board of Directors for final review, comment, and adoption. An adopted
strategy would allow AMSAT to better focus its limited financial and
technical resources on what directions, and resulting projects, it considers
of value to the organization.

Please note that the outcome of this workshop and resulting strategy is not
to identify which particular satellite project(s) to undertake. Rather over
the next few years, what direction(s) does AMSAT need to take that would
foster such projects?

At the workshop, the strategy team will present their efforts to date for
membersí review and comment including the presentation and discussion of
several issues that affect the development and direction of an AMSAT
strategy such as:

State of AMSAT

Available membership technical capabilities and resources to implement

The challenge of Phase 3D and resulting dividends.

ARISS status.

University and other organization LEO Amateur Radio satellite construction.

Partnering with fellow AMSAT organizations.

Need to foster experimentation and challenges.

Upon presentation of these issues, several strategy options will be
presented for review and comment by participants. The floor will also be
open for members to present and/or comment on any additional strategy
proposals. Certainly the ability to effectively obtain comments from the
participants of a two-hour workshop is a large and difficult task. Inasmuch,
workshop participants will be allowed until 15 November 2000 to submit any
additional comments and thoughts on an AMSAT strategy.

A summary of the workshop will be published in The AMSAT Journal. Those
members who cannot attend the workshop are welcome to send their thoughts
and comments on an AMSAT strategy to k5nrk@amsat.org no later than 15
October 2000. You are also welcome to provide your written or oral comments
via any AMSAT member who will attend the workshop.

73 and the Strategy Team looks forward to seeing you in Portland,

Bill Burden, WB1BRE, Chair
Keith Baker, KB1SF
Steve Bible, N7HPR
Ken Ernandes,N2WWD
Bdale Garbee, N3EUA
Michael Gilchrist, KF4FDJ
Robin Haighton, VE3FRH
Dan James, NN0DJ
Russ Tillman, K5NRK

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