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Re: Membership Drive Idea

Randy Mclean wrote:
> I think sending the PDF is a great idea, except make it an option for 
> all members. I wouldn't mind receiving the PDF rather than a printed 
> copy. 
> At 04:24 PM 8/7/2003 -0400, Don Woodward wrote:
>> What if AMSAT offered new members a special introductory offer of
>> first-time only membership for say $20-$25 with an email of a .PDF 
>> version
>> of the AMSAT Journal rather than printed/mailed?  

Before we get all excited about this, bear in mind that a PDF edition of 
AMSAT News would not be a small thing, especially for people on dialups.

I'm the editor of the Phil-Mont Mobile Radio Club "Blurb", a club 
newsletter that's has had a proud history of being published monthly 
since 1950. We've had some decent content from time to time, including 
an article I wrote on the history of amateur radio in space.

These days the Blurb is ten pages in size, with approximately the same 
balance of graphics vs. text that AMSAT news has.   A typical issue of 
the Blurb in PDF format (because that's how I ship the fully-imposed 
issue) runs somewhere between 1.3 and 2.5 megabytes...not a trivial 
download itself for some people. My current AMSAT News is three times as 
many pages.

Furthermore, the data size can nearly double for an email attachment, 
due to encoding issues. Certainly, a PDF-format AMSAT News should be 
downloaded from a webserver via an URL rather then emailed out as an 

That said, it's vastly cheaper to distribute a PDF newsletter than a 
dead-tree edition though snailmail.

  Vist the Phil-Mont website (also largely my fault these days) at


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