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Re: An Open Letter To AMSAT



Thus it has always been with AMSAT,
Phase 3D has seen numerous setbacks and as always
AMSAT sits on it "Disclosure Policy".

I for one (A member) and supporter of Amsat will
attempt to voice my opinion in the next AMSAT
Elections (Again).

Mike Cook don't quit yet! You still get my vote!

73
Terry

----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Lubash" <rlubash@poco.mv.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Cc: <kb1sf@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2000 9:16 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] An Open Letter To AMSAT


> I am relatively new to satellites but not at all new to information
> services. I presently own a company that among other things provides press
> releases and news information strategy and have done this for 22 years. I
> feel AMSAT is making a serious mistake by not putting some of their
> resources in an ongoing information service related to AO-40. P3D is the
> most ambitious and costly effort produced by AMSAT and as such represents
> the flagship for future investments in armature satellite technology from
> outside donations. To date there has been a considerable lack of
> information both while the satellite was healthy and at present when it's
> fate is unknown. I realize that the technical staff is composed of
> volunteers that do not have time to develop and distribute long press
> releases to the membership and the world in general but I also realize
from
> a fiscal standpoint the need for this information is vital. As an AMSAT
> member I would have liked to be informed of much more about the goings on
> involving the commissioning of AO-40 than I was. The warm and fuzzy
feeling
> that this type of communication on the part of AMSAT would have produced
> would have made it a lot easier for them to access my checkbook  for the
> next project. As an outsider looking in on this great experiment a
> blow-by-blow of the progress being done by the ground crew and it's effect
> on AO-40 would have drawn me into the project and made my ultimate
> membership and donation to AMSAT a much greater possibility. When it
seemed
> like things were starting to go south with AO-40 giving me the feeling
that
> I was looking over the shoulder of the ground control crew would have
> allowed me a level of participation that if there was sunshine at the end
> of the tunnel my checkbook would have overflowed for the next project and
> if there was an unhappy ending than damnit we were all in that control
room
> together and lets cough up the money to make the next one work!
>
> This is not fiction, this is how information services work to help
> organizations deal with fiscal needs, member loyalty and disaster. I can
> tell you from personal experience the press guy is looked on as a pain in
> the ass but if he does his job right than it's a worthwhile pain. I am
sure
> that with the resources available to AMSAT and the instant communications
> of radio and the internet such an information service could be instituted
> and the benefits would be great.
>
> Would it be easy... maybe not
>
> would it be worthwhile... absolutely!
>
> After all I have always looked at armature radio as not just being about
> technology but the use of technology in the pursuit of *communication*
>
> Richard Lubash
> N1VXW
> ------------------------------------------------
>
> Richard Lubash
> rlubash@poco.mv.com
>
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