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Re: On Easter, regarding negativity and renewal...

Very well put Mark and I agree 100%. I wasn't involved in satellites during 
the time of AO-40 and I long to see an HEO bird just because it sounds like 
it was so much fun. I've got high hopes pinned on P3E but for now we should 
be thankful for what we do have. I get really tired of the complaining and 
the utter disdain for birds like AO-51 shown by some. I haven't been on the 
air for awhile  since I'm rebuilding my station but i'm having a blast just 
doing that.
Michael, W4HIJ
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Vandewettering" <mvandewettering@gmail.com>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2008 4:03 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] On Easter, regarding negativity and renewal...

> Hi all...
> As I awoke on this Easter Sunday, I was scanning my email (I subscribe
> to lots of groups
> and get lots of daily summaries) and once again found myself reading
> amsat-bb.  Amidst the
> normal, pleasurable messages, I was again (as it seems to happen
> weekly) faced with a
> message of disappointment in AMSAT, this time by Brian Beckius.  It
> seems that whatever
> he was searching for, he didn't find it in AMSAT, and thus proclaimed
> to all that he wouldn't
> be renewing his membership.
> He's not alone of course.  Lots of people aren't very satisfied with
> the current state of
> AMSAT-NA or amateur satellites.  It's not very hard to understand why:
> launching satellites
> actually _is_ rocket science.  It's difficult, and even more difficult
> with limited funds
> and relying solely on the efforts of volunteers.  But the simple fact
> that it can be done
> at _all_ should give everyone in amateur radio a sense of justified
> pride.
> I'm a total newbie when it comes to satellites.  I've worked mostly
> the FM birds for less
> than six months.  I don't have L or S band equipment.  I've never
> worked AO-40 or any of the
> RS birds.  I am still trying to perfect my setup to work the linear
> birds.   But I have had
> fun, and I've tried to pass on that spirit of fun to others, to let
> them know just how much
> enjoyment you can get, even with modest equipment, even by just
> listening to what goes on.
> If you can't find a reason to renew your membership, don't.   We are
> all free to take our
> dollars elsewhere, and to spend them how we see fit.  If that $40
> makes you happier when
> spent elsewhere, then I think you should spend it elsewhere.  If that
> donation of $100 or
> whatever to a different organization makes you feel a greater sense of
> altruism or
> achievement, then by all means, send your money there.
> Me?  I'm happy to be a member.  I'm getting way more out my membership
> than I put in, even
> when the organization itself doesn't exactly meet my own personal
> expectations of what they
> can and should be doing.   I'd like to see firm plans about where
> AMSAT-NA is going, and
> when launches will happen just like everyone else, but in the mean
> time, I'll be happy doing
> what I'm doing, and stretching what I can do with new projects as time
> and money in my
> rather hectic life allows.  And I'll be looking to help new satellite
> projects with donations
> when I can.
> Maybe you aren't so happy.  Maybe the loss of AO-40 and the slow
> progress toward another
> Phase 3 or Phase 4 makes you grumpy.  Maybe you see the money spent on
> a single channel
> FM bird as a complete waste of time.  There are lots of you out
> there.  I hear you on this
> mailing list every few days.  But here's the thing: no amount of
> growsing about the state
> of the amateur satellite service gets any hardware even a foot closer
> to orbit.   It doesn't
> make even one more person smile.  It doesn't help get even $1 donated
> to the creation of
> new amateur satellites.
> It's Easter.  It's a time of renewal and rebirth.  Cast aside some of
> your bitter skepticism,
> and rededicate yourself to trying to actually help make amateur
> satellites a fun and rewarding
> endeavor for all.
> Catch you on the birds...
> Mark KF6KYI

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