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Re: Up-coming AMSAT Board Election - Gunther -



Dave,

Your post IMHO is spot on.  While the Effort is a worthwhile activity, it is
not one available to the typical amsat enthusiat.  Is this an eliteist
activity?  I think so.  Very few get to participate.  Of the limited funds
available, I'm not sure this activity justies support.  Comments will be
appreciated.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Guimont" <dguimon1@san.rr.com>
To: "Gunther Meisse" <gmouse@neo.rr.com>
Cc: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 8:34 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Up-coming AMSAT Board Election - Gunther -


>
> Gunther,
>
> I agree, almost to the letter, with respect to the points you put forward
> in the rest
> of your message.
>
> I disagree vociferously, however, with the following points:
>
> >Expand the support of the ARISS program to expose more school age kids
> >to the world of Ham Radio & Satellites. Include within all such
> >programs, a follow-up system, if possible, to continue to encourage
> >these young people to pursue getting
> >their licenses and become active. Supply plenty of session take-home
> >materials that expose the young people to the work of AMSAT, and the
> >excitement of Amateur satellites.
>
> In my opinion this does little more than support NASA, and it is promoted
> in the same manner by NASA oriented people.  ARISS promotion does little,
> in my opinion to promote AMSAT satellite operations.  It does a lot in
> siphoning off funds that could be much better spent building Eagle.
>
> Every chance I get I give a demonstration at my home station.  Our club
> promotes a ham station in a local high school.  We hold our Field Day in a
> public recreation center that has lots of student traffic.  We've had a
> satellite station there every year for over 15 years...Long before we had
> the AMSAT contest.
>
> We set up a satellite station at a local beach during summer vacation
along
> with
> another promotion and we had a steady stream of curiosity seekers....
>
> These activities didn't cost AMSAT a red cent!!  Compare that to a
> "student/demo" cost to what ARISS is gobbling up...
>
> Let NASA support ARISS if they think it is going to benefit them...ARRL
> does a husky job of promoting ARISS in almost every issue, yet a paucity
of
> articles on OUR satellites.  Let them foot the bill if they see something
> to gain...
>
>
>
>             73, Dave wb6llo@amsat.org
>                     Disagree: I learn....
>
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