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Re: Re Hard Questions



RIGHT ON THE TARGET WAYNE!!!    Cliff K7RR  AMSAT-NA LM 1606

Wayne Estes W9AE wrote:
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> Mike Hooles wrote:
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> I've donated to Echo and will be donating to the Eagle and others as they come along, let's look forward and get both birds into orbit
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> Wayne replies:
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> AMSAT-NA had an Eagle fund raising/publicity campaign BEFORE Echo was announced.  I contributed hundreds of dollars to the Eagle fund raising campaign.  Then a short time later AMSAT-NA announced that Eagle is being put on the back burner because we committed to purchase a new LEO satellite instead.  Furthermore the announcement hinted, but didn't communicate forthrightly, that AMSAT robbed its reserves to pay for this new LEO satellite.
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> I fully support the Echo project and have donated generously.  We need more satellites of ALL kinds.  It is the Board of Directors' job to decide what projects to pursue.  But I know I'm not the only one who feels that the initiation of the Eagle project was a disaster from a "member relations" standpoint:
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> 1. The way it was decided (general membership out of the loop).
> 2. The way it was announced (obfuscation about the cost and how it will be paid).
> 3. The timing with respect to the initial Eagle fund raising/publicity campaign.
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> We must learn from our mistakes and move on, cognizant that AMSAT-NA (as we know it) would probably become defunct if these mistakes are repeated.
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> Wayne Estes W9AE
> Mundelein, IL, USA
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