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FW: will AMSAT be ready for the next disaster?



 I'm with Greg! We have many LEO's and even more are scheduled for launch this coming year..We NEED the HEO's up as soon as can be done "right". Support Eagle. The LEO's do have some worth in a disaster, but HEO's are the key to long term comms with an area. I have and will be monitoring AO-51 traffic and will pass anything pertinent to the Red Cross, which has already contacted ME for help in keeping the local office informed. SUPPORT EAGLE.


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AMSAT takes a hit from the Earthquake/Tsunami.

 It is to bad that AMSAT's world wide was not ready for the Tsunami disaster 
of a few days ago. it seems that there is more interest in funding the ARISS 
program and building LEO satellites that don't offer much help in a time of 
a disaster (minutes ver hours), if there were two HEO satellites up in orbit 
just think of the reconition and PR that AMSAT as a whole could get and 
maybe some goverment backing in futur projects. AMSAT should have been ready 
to play a small role in any emergency traffic to be sent out/in of those 
effected areas because that is whats hams do. I hope that AMSAT change's its 
vision and direction to making HEO satellites a top priority rather on their 
own personal projects (ARISS/LEO sats). AMSAT has way too many 
resources/poeple to be spread so thin. I am not agianst ARISS or LEO's but 
they should only be a secondary projects that dont drain AMSAT of its funds 
and resorces.

will AMSAT-world wide be ready for the next disaster?

AMSAT member.
Greg N0ZHE 
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