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October 2001 Presidents Letter



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OCTOBER 2001 PRESIDENT'S LETTER

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 288.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 15, 2001
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
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The 2001 AMSAT-NA Symposium and Annual Meeting in Atlanta is now
over, but I would like to pass a few comments to our membership
concerning our get-together.

First, it was a great pleasure to meet so many of you in Atlanta and to
listen to your views and ideas about AMSAT. It is your participation that
makes AMSAT a strong and vibrant organization.

Following the terrible incidents of September 11th, I was worried that
some of you may decide to cancel your reservations and that we would
have a smaller gathering - but no! The numbers of registrants continued
to rise and we had a very good turn out, comparable with other years.
For me, this showed the true resolve of our members not to be
intimidated, and may I thank each and every one of you who attended.

In addition, I would like to publicly thank our hosts, Diana and Steve
Diggs, who provided excellent services and ran a great Symposium.
and Annual Meeting. One day, we shall return to Atlanta again.

Another great aspect of the Atlanta meeting was the Space Symposium,
with 17 excellent presentations made, including a group presentation on
our next satellite project and another on the status of AO-40.

Many of you may know that "Project JJ" was so named after the two
proponents of the technology that we are developing - but they have
asked for a name change! So, the hunt for a new name has started.
Please send your suggestions to me by e-mail < ve3frh@amsat.org >
by November 30th. A group has been established to review them and
announce a decision. The person who proposes the chosen name will
receive free admission to the Dayton AMSAT 2002 Dinner. In case of
a tie, the earliest entry will be declared the winner.

One last thought, before Atlanta we had only 5 members of the
President's Club, We now we have 16, including members from Japan
and the United Kingdom. PC membership is growing - will you join?
Details can be found on the AMSAT-NA web site under "Join the
President's Club." Thank you for your continued support of AMSAT.

More next month, see ya' on the birds.

73,
Robin Haighton VE3FRH
President AMSAT-NA

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