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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!


----- 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
> 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
> 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
> like things were starting to go south with AO-40 giving me the feeling
> 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
> 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
> 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
> ------------------------------------------------
> Richard Lubash
> rlubash@poco.mv.com
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