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Re: Area coordinators


Thanks to Jim Sanford, WB4GCS for installing latest version of the AC 
Listing that I have given him.  It incorporates a number of changes 
that I had received prior to the publication of the AC Listing that was 
in the March/April 2003 issue of the AMSAT Journal.

Please realize, however, that the version that is now on the web site 
is already out-of-date.  It is the same version that was published back 
in March/April issue of the AMSAT Journal and since that time I have 
received a number of corrections/updates.    However, due to my recent 
illness, I was unable to update the AC Listing and then pass it to 
WB4GCS for uploading to the web site.  The file date of the current AC 
Listing on the website is 17 FEB 03.  The date reflected on the web 
site (15 JUL 03) is the 'upload date', not the date that the AC data 
was last updated/corrected.

I am doing very well with my recovery and went back to work full time 
last week.  I am not at 100% and am trying to pace my workload and 
volunteer activities.  I am still attempting to catch up on a number of 
projects for AMSAT, including the AC Listing.  Given my travel and work 
schedule and the schedule that WB4GCS is under, my current intent is to 
give him an updated AC list by early next week.  Hopefully, this new 
version will reflect most, if not all, the changes that I've received 
to date.

I apologize for the fact that the AC has been out-of-date for quite 
some time.  However, sometimes things occur that one doesn't plan for 
(illness) and other priorities kick in as a result (getting well).

I also understand that there has been a great deal of discussion on 
amsat-bb concerning our volunteers who serve as Area Coordinators.  As 
I noted in the "Field Ops Update" column in the March/April 2003 issue 
of the "AMSAT Journal", we are always looking for volunteers to serve 
as 'Ambassadors of AMSAT' on the local level.   Whenever a volunteer 
approaches me about serving as an Area Coordinator, I send that 
individual an overview of Field Ops and how one can serve as an Area  
Coordinator.  For your convenience, I am including that overview below, 
so that in the event you may be interested in serving as an Area 
Coordinator, you'll have some idea what it is all about.

A  few individuals have indeed contacted me over the past three months 
about serving as an AC, but due to my situation, I have failed to 
respond in a timely manner.  I hope to get caught up in my 
correspondence in the next 10 days or so.   Again, my apologies for not 
responding as promptly as these queries deserve.

Everyone should realize that our Area Coordinators are volunteers and 
pretty much define for themselves the scope of work that they are 
willing to perform.  From the 'job description' below, it is clear that 
an AC may serve a variety of functions and that 'satellite expertise' 
is not a prerequisite.  What is important, however, is knowing where to 
find answers to queries received that a volunteer may not have direct 
knowledge, and be able to respond in a reasonable timeframe.

Should you have any questions about Field Ops, please review the 
materials below as well as the "Field Ops Update" article in the 
March/April 2003 issue of the AMSAT Journal.  You can also contact me 
at wd4asw@amsat.org.

Barry A. Baines, WD4ASW
VP-Field Operations

Thank you for your interest in serving as an area coordinator.

Area Coordinators (AC’s) are AMSAT members who volunteer to ‘show the 
flag’ for AMSAT.  They serve as “Ambassadors of AMSAT” in their 
respective areas and provide encouragement and support for people 
interested in learning about the amateur radio satellite program.


Individuals who serve as AC’s must meet the following requirements:
-Maintain a current membership with Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation 
-Have electronic mail capability through the internet (e.g. 
-Be willing to work with individuals and organizations on a 
case-by-case basis
-Be willing to accept phone calls from individuals at home
-Be willing to have their name and address/home phone number listed in  
the Area Coordinators Listing (which is published in the March/April 
AMSAT Journal) and which is provided to interested individuals (such as 
new members) at hamfests and by the  AMSAT office.   This listing is 
also posted on the AMSAT website (www.amsat.org/fieldops).

In order to ensure our area coordinator listing is current, please 
forward to me an e-mail which includes:
-Your name and callsign
-Your e-mail address that you want to receive field ops e-mail as well 
as use to send e-mail to the field ops broadcast.  Unless directed 
otherwise by you, I will use the 'reply to' address that is included in 
your e-mail to me.  Please note that I need your "true" e-mail address 
(not an alias) so that in the event you send an e-mail to the fieldops 
broadcast, your transmission will be accepted.
-Your home address (including zip code)
-Your home phone number (including area code)
-If possible…Your work number (including area code).   Note:  Work 
numbers are not released in the ‘Area Coordinator Listing’…this is for 
the use of Martha Saragovitz (AMSAT's office manager) and I only in the 
event that there is a need for one of us to reach you during the day.

Once we have you added to the list, should there be a change in status 
of your address, phone number, etc., please send me another e-mail with 
the updated information.  Keep in mind that I maintain the AC Listing, 
not Martha. So, if you send Martha an updated address (so that your 
membership record reflects the latest information), please send me the 
same thing.   AMSAT cannot cross reference the AC listing against the 
membership roster, so it is likely that if you send a note to Martha 
and not to me, she won’t realize that your are an area coordinator and 
my list won’t be updated.

The Field Ops Team

Area Coordinators are not expected to be ‘Experts’ on all facets of 
satellite communications.  Clearly, AC’s will have excellent 
familiarity with those areas that they have personal experience, such 
as working the digital satellites, the LEO satellites, RS satellites, 
or AO-40.  However, one is not expected to be an expert in ALL areas.   
When we talk about satellite communications today, we must include a 
wide variety of satellite options, each with their own requirements and 

Area Coordinators ARE expected, however, to know where to find answers 
that may be posed to them and to promptly respond to queries that they 
may receive.  The secret, of course, is to know where to get 
information that may not be readily known to you.  Generally, answers 
to most questions can be obtained one of several ways:

-From AMSAT publications that you may have (Such as the “Getting 
Started with Amateur Satellites”)
-From the AMSAT Web Site (www.amsat.org). If you haven’t explored the 
AMSAT web site recently, take a look at what is available…everything 
from downloaded software to specific information on current  (and 
future) satellites in service.
-The “Field Ops Update” Column in the AMSAT JOURNAL.  The column 
typically talks about activities/accomplishments of our AC’s which may 
lead you to think about what kinds to things that may appeal to you.
-By all means. download from the AMSAT web site a copy of the “AMSAT 
Resource Guide” developed by WA4YMZ and updated by N1JEZ.
-From other Area Coordinators
-Periodic ‘Field Ops Bulletins”released via e-mail

To support our coordinators, AMSAT has established an electronic 
re-mail service.  All area coordinators are added to the field ops mail 
broadcast (fieldops@amsat.org) which area coordinators may use at any 
time to send out queries.  In addition, Field Ops Bulletins are sent 
out periodically to all area coordinators.  The ability to communicate 
with the entire Field Ops team is a significant benefit and is the 
reason why we require that all individuals who wish to be designated as 
an area coordinator maintain current Internet e-mail capability.

Keep in mind that there are area coordinators who have served for a 
number of years.  Should you run into a question about how to deal with 
a particular question or situation,    ‘raise the flag’ via e-mail to 
the FieldOps Broadcast and someone will likely give you the information 
or advice that you are looking for.  After all, many coordinators have 
been through similar situations as you may find yourself.

We also maintain an ‘Experts Listing’ of area coordinators who have 
indicated that they are willing to take queries about their particular 
areas on interest.  For example, we have individuals who are willing to 
discuss the FT-736R, IC-821, satellite tracking software such as 
Instant Trak and NOVA, working the digital satellites, working with the 
Kansas City Tracker, Operating through the RS satellites, etc.   We try 
to update this listing periodically. If you are interested in offering 
your area of interest, please send me a  e-mail (wd4asw@amsat.org) with 
your area of interest identified.


Area Coordinators are volunteers.  As such, the types of activities 
that AC’s conduct in support of AMSAT are dependent upon a number of 
-The interest of the individual
-How much time an individual has to support AMSAT
-The needs of the local community
-The degree of support from AMSAT members and other AC’s in their area
-Opportunities that may be made available to support AMSAT (such as 
club presentations, displays at local hamfests, etc.)

Because each individual faces different circumstances, there are no 
‘set rules’ concerning what an AMSAT Area Coordinator is required to 
‘do.’  Clearly, how much interest and motivation the volunteer has will 
influence how ‘active’ an area coordinator will become.  Suggested Area 
Coordinator activities include:
-Giving club presentations
-Working an AMSAT booth or display table at hamfests
-Establishing an AMSAT net on a local repeater (and getting volunteers 
to help run it)
-Serving as an ELMER to new satellite users
-Developing materials tailored to local interests for distribution 
-Participating in Field Day by having a satellite station as part of 
the local effort
-Seeking answers to questions that local individuals may present but 
which the AC doesn’t have personal knowledge  (see above about getting 

Above all, area coordinators must always remember that ‘YOU are AMSAT.’ 
    How much time/effort you spend on AMSAT related activities is pretty 
much your call.  However, we do request that everyone follow ‘common 
sense’ with regard how you conduct yourself.  This means, for example, 
-Area Coordinators maintain common courtesy when dealing with others;
-E-mail and telephone queries are replied to promptly (even if that 
means sending a note promising that the area coordinator will respond 
within a specified period of time)
-No question is ‘too dumb’ and one never discounts a query
-You maintain qualification as an Area Coordinator (membership is 
current, e-mail capability is retained, etc.)

Other Support Functions

Club Presentations are an excellent way to interest other amateurs in 
satellites.  To help area coordinators put together their own materials 
(tailored to the interests of the audience as well as the presenter), 
there are a number of presentations available that you can modify to 
fit your needs.  The majority of these are in Power Point format and 
were developed by various individuals in response to presentation 
opportunities, such as Dayton Hamvention,   satellite workshops that 
AMSAT/ARRL have presented over the years as well as items that our area 
coordinators have developed on their own.  Some of these can be found 
on the AMSAT web site.  An "AMSAT Area Coordinator Toolkit" is 
available which contains the latest versions of these materials.  
Typically, the Toolkit is updated annually and is distributed to Area 
Coordinator during the AMSAT Symposium.

AMSAT also maintains a ‘net listing’ of known AMSAT regularly scheduled 
nets on HF, VHF, and UHF around the US.   Don't forget to check the 
Area Coordinator listing on the AMSAT website to determine where other 
Area Coordinators are located near you as well as confirm that we have 
your listing properly updated.


The success of any organization is based upon the willingness of people 
to step forward and make a difference in how that organization 
succeeds.  The AMSAT’s Field Ops has benefited from the hard work and 
dedication of its volunteers, and our future accomplishments will be 
based in part upon the willingness of our area coordinators to share 
ideas.  I trust this overview paper will give you some idea of what the 
Field Organization is all about.  Should you have any questions or 
suggestions on how to make AMSAT’s field organization more successful, 
please don’t hesitate to contact me via e-mail (wd4asw@amsat.org) or 
landline (904-359-1933 days/904-616-6276 nights).

Once again, welcome aboard!

Barry A. Baines, WD4ASW
VP-Field Operations

On Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at 11:11 AM, Jim Sanford wrote:

> Drew, et al:
> I've no clue why the Area Coordinator listing on the site was ancient. 
> I know that I THOUGHT I uploaded it shortly after I got it from Barry.
> I've just re-uploaded it, and it has the up to date data.  I changed 
> the format slightly.
> Comments welcome, and sorry for the screw up.
> 73,
> Jim
> wb4gcs@amsat.org
> Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:
>> The web list is the old one. Just looking down the list there are 
>> guys on
>> the journal list but not on the web list. K1SC, KG4LYB, AA4JF and 
>> myself are
>> absent on the web list, while W6ISS and W4OCW are on there, but not 
>> on the
>> printed. Thats just the differences on the first page.
>> It's no big deal, just with the current discussions about ACs, I was 
>> looking
>> and was surprised to see I was not on there. Thanks for the help.
>> 73, Drew KO4MA
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Jim Sanford" <wb4gcs@amsat.org>
>> To: "Andrew Glasbrenner" <glasbrenner@mindspring.com>
>> Cc: "Barry Baines" <wd4asw@amsat.org>
>> Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 9:08 PM
>> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Area coordinators
>>> Drew:
>>> I update the list.  As far as I know, what's on the amsat site is the
>>> same as what was in the journal, ie I got it at the same time it was
>>> submitted to the journal.  Could you please point out the differences
>>> you noted so I can fix it?
>>> Thanks & 73,
>>> Jim
>>> wb4gcs@amsat.org
>>> Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:
>>>> It would be nice if the AC list on the webpage was updated to the 
>>>> "new"
>> list
>>>> printed in the March/April edition of the Journal (hinthint, 
>>>> nudgenudge)
>>>> 73, Drew KO4MA
>>>> ----
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