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Re: Orbital Classroom - Future????



Stefan,

That is a shame as your ideas have merit.  I attend other conferences 
that do this type of thing.  CSVHF had  a parallel introductory 
program during their conference in San Antonio.  I didn't attend as I 
was a speaker for the main session, but I heard it went well and was 
well received.

I have not attended Amsat conferences since fall 2001 due to monetary 
constraints and competing functions.  I hope we can include Symposium 
in coming years.

73, Ed - KL7UW

At 01:02 PM 1/21/2008, Stefan Wagener wrote:
>Hi folks,
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>As a follow-up to my email in December (see below) I would like to thank all
>of you that responded. Your feedback was very much appreciated and also very
>encouraging!
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>Interestingly, the overall response in terms of numbers was minimal. I
>assume that some did not read the previous email and others were not able or
>willing to respond for various reasons. At the same time, I also assume that
>the biggest majority is not interested in this approach since they don't
>attend the annual AMSAT meeting either. Consequently, I will not pursue this
>idea any longer at this time and focus on other activities. However, I am
>still interested in working within a team to develop some sort of
>educational program within AMSAT if that is of interest.
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>Thanks again. It was an eye opener.
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>73, Stefan VE4NSA
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>Thanks everyone.
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>The comments (primarily offline) to my first post on the existence of the
>"Orbital Classroom" just pointed to the perceived sad state of education
>within AMSAT. Now, we can whine and do nothing or maybe put our heads
>together and see what there is to do.
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>The first thing is to gauge the level of interest. I and others will NOT
>engage in this without some significant feedback from the members and those
>that are interested in amateur radio and satellites and education.
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>Here are a few questions and I would kindly request your thoughts on these.
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>1.       Would you be interested in attending pre-conference courses and
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>workshops as part of the annual meeting or at other venues?
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>2.       Would you be willing to pay a registration fee that would cover
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>course material, instructor cost etc.?
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>3.       Would you be interested in receiving a certificate for ongoing
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>education as it relates to amateur radio and satellites?
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>4.       What topics would you like to see taught at such courses?
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>5.       Would you be willing in helping to organize and facilitate courses
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>(you don't have to teach for this one, just help the instructor and take
>care of registration, etc)?
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>6.       Would you be willing to teach a course and if yes, on which topics?
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>That's a start and hopefully it sparks your interest as a participant,
>facilitator or instructor.
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>Please email me your responses offline (don't hit the reply all button) and
>I will compile the answers in a response to the board and this mailing list.
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>FYI,
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>I have been asked to organize and coordinate these efforts. First of all, I
>will NOT assist, organize and/or coordinate these efforts unless I have
>equal partners in assisting and helping. Secondly, AMSAT has an official
>"Director of Education" who needs to be involved and work on this (with our
>help if necessary). This person serves at the discretion of the AMSAT
>president and I have no intention to do his work. Hope this helps to clarify
>positions and responsibilities!
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>For now, it is time for the members to voice their needs for education and
>define if this is relevant or not. Folks, here is your opportunity! Some of
>us are listening and working on this. Let us know if you want this or not by
>answering the questions above. As always, your opinion counts and even more
>your help is greatly appreciated.
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>Have a Merry Christmas, a wonderful holiday season and an even better 2008.
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>My best wishes to you and your families.
>
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>73, Stefan VE4NSA
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73,
Ed - KL7UW
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