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Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Nominations for the AMSAT Board of Directors - 
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 18:55:32 -0400
From: Dee <morsesat@optonline.net>
To: Jeff Griffin <kb2m@arrl.net>
CC: amsat-bb@AMSAT.org
References: <BOEAIDJFKDNIJMPBPLOMMEHCDIAA.rwmcgwier@comcast.net> 

I am one of the NJ Co-ordinators.  If you haven't heard of me, then you 
haven't been to any local hamfests.  I personally do NOT have tons of 
money to give away.  I do have some time.  I lend myself out to hamfests 
for AMSAT and sell the trinkets etc.  I bring in a modest amount but my 
yearly total adds up to a generous donation from a talk at a ham club or 
hamfest proceeds.  Yes, we do need more "tangible" things for Hams to 
touch and feel so they can buy.  I always get the comments as on the 
amsat bb about expensive this and that and how AMSAT doesn't want to fly 
the modes that they already spent money to use. I prove differently 
about the cost to operate AO-40.
The comments I saw today on the bb reflector have all hit home.  We must 
listen to the general membership with money coming from them as a 
catalyst to get us to respond more with their wishes.  Everyone I speak 
with has a story and most point to putting up a mode they have 
familiarity with (B?  V/U?).  2 user sats are not the answer to everything.
 I was very surprised to see the survey of hams on AO-40 relative to 
country.  This indicates to me that it's use is not accepted as well as, 
say AO-13 was.   Goodness knows how easy it is to receive AO-40, 
however, using 2.4 ghz scares people. It is magic to most.
My ramblings could go on but I just wish we had a magic item to gather 
moneys with.  Yes, I don't agree all the time with the board (Kings of 
AMSAT), but like you, I feel obligated to help in the way I can.  Choose 
wisely with BOD nominations.  I choose those that use their "ears" the 
Dee Interdonato, NB2F

Jeff Griffin wrote:

>  I just made a decision here in SNJ. I usually do field day with a group of
>my friend's, about 30 miles north of here. About a month ago a club(whose
>local policies, I don't agree with) south of here asked me to do Field day
>with them. I was talking to the group over the last few day's and there is a
>marked interest in working satellites. Much more then my favirote field day
>club. Some of you might of heard kc2jpp, and n2jai on the FM bird's lately.
>Well this morning I was talking on the local repeater about Bob's comment's
>about the $1000 a member, and Bill, n2jai said he doesn't have a $1000, but
>he would join and donate maybe a $100. I thought about this, and made the
>decision to do field day with their group. I've been on travel alot lately
>for work, I will also be gone all next week, so were talking FM bird's only
>from SNJ this year. I have my Arrow cross yagi, a spare Drake, and a BBQ
>dish I screened . But I won't have time to get it all together.
> Even though I don't alway's agree with the AMSAT politics I feel that I
>have an obligation to support AMSAT. It has been the most satisifing aspect
>of the hobby for me since I've been a ham.  If we all did something similar
>and say get 5 new members each, some donating, well, you do the math....
>  Hmmm, anybody against putting up a Trump sponsored satellite? Just a joke,
>remember the commercial satellite fiasco a few years ago? Well maybe it's
>not a joke, it could be switched to public service during hurricane
>warning's. A possible tax write off for the Casinos? Those guy's are always
>looking for niche support at the tables, you know new market's to tap.
> I know, I'm home recovering from a medical procedure done on my right foot,
>and I'm getting bored! Well, my two cent's anyway.....
>73 Jeff kb2m
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Malcolm M. Preston" <malnp2l@attglobal.net>
>To: "Robert McGwier" <rwmcgwier@comcast.net>; "AMSAT-BB"
>Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 8:33 AM
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Nominations for the AMSAT Board of Directors -
>>Bob puts this in good perspective.  I have just finished compiling an
>>donor listing for an upcoming journal and it brought me to two
>>1) Compared to any organization of our size we are doing a phenomenal job
>>garnering support over and above dues and 2) $4 million is a lot of money.
>>I know from discussions with many of the board (and potential board)
>>that any idea for coming up with the bucks, no matter how far fetched, is
>>seriously addressed and persued.   So keep them coming.
>>Mal, NP2L
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: Robert McGwier <rwmcgwier@comcast.net>
>>To: AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>>Sent: Monday, June 16, 2003 11:46 PM
>>Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Nominations for the AMSAT Board of Directors -
>>>In Canada and U.S., with 300,000,000 people, and 700,000 hams,
>>>we have only 4000 members. TO fund Eagle, it will cost
>>>about $1000 per member. That is a hard number to swallow
>>>and it does not pay a single dime of the office expenses,
>>>journal expenses, meeting expenses, on and on or cover
>>>previous satellite expenses/debts.
>>>These are tough times and the people we elect need to be
>>>serious people.  The facts are, we need a benefactor.
>>>If you know one, bring them forward.
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
>>>Behalf Of Paul Williamson
>>>Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 02:36
>>>Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Nominations for the AMSAT Board of Directors -
>>>REPLY -
>>>At 8:38 PM -0400 6/16/03, Gunther Meisse wrote:
>>>> If elected, I will work hard on the establishment of an
>>>>AMSAT Endowment Foundation, who's sole purpose will be to develop an
>>>>annual income stream to allow us to build, concurrent, diverse birds,
>>>>and pay for the rides.
>>>And where will this money come from?
>>>73  -Paul
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