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Re: How volunteerism works...



Dee,
I am a past president of the Palomar Amateur Radio Club, The only way I got volunteers was to personaly ask them on a one on one basis.
Amsat is not an option for me.
1. I have a full time job
2. I am still involved with the Palomar Club and receintly rebuilt one of thier repeaters.
3. My arthritic 6'2" frame does not fit in a seat for a 6 year old child on a commercial aircraft. 
4. At age 65 I can not spend 4-5 hours every night and continue my full time employment.

If someone wants some help I may have something to offer locally. I used H/B antennas one on a 6'step ladder to sucessfully work AO-40. These are not solutions ICOM and YEASU wants to see published, they want to sell equipment! Low tech solutions are enjoied by only a few.

Art



----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Dee 
  To: kc6uqh 
  Cc: bruninga@usna.edu ; AMSAT-BB@amsat.org ; Rick Hambly 
  Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2008 5:26 AM
  Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Re: How volunteerism works...


  kc6uqh wrote:

Bob,
There was a time not long ago when one Amateur could do an amazing project.

Today the multi-disiplines required to put a S/C together and get it into 
space, require a well managed team effort. This is true for any cutting edge 
technoloigy of today.

Amateur  Radio can only do team efforts, provided the team respects each 
other and everyone has complementry skills.

Leadership is required to bring the skills needed together and maintain a 
critical mass long enough to complete the project.

I came into electronics at an early age, restored a receiver that was 
recovered from a sunken ship and listened to Spuknik on it in 1957. I have 
spent my whole life in electronics and have enjoied the many projects I 
worked on.

How many parents would allow there son to work on a receiver with 400VDC 
present in this day and age, where a helmet is now required to ride a 
bicycle? Where is the youth of today going to get the practical experience 
required to build a satellite?

 TV has all but ruined creativity and imagination. There is a big difference 
between a computer simulation and application in the physical form! AMSAT is 
not going to get many more chances to assemble a team that had the skills to 
make Oscar 10 and 13. Time is not on our side. Amatuers with the right skill 
sets are mostly my age, Most youth of today would have trouble with 
soldering and operating a screwdriver, that is if thier parents would alow 
them to try.

Art, KC6UQH

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga@usna.edu>
To: <AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2008 6:14 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] How volunteerism works...


  Again we see lots and lots of ideas of what "needs to be
done"...  And most of them are pointed at better "management"...
Or better "direction" of what is being done (by others)...

The issue in an all volunteer organization is not "what" needs
to be done, but who will step forward and do it, not the
"management and direction" but the actual WORK.  That requires
volunteers with the knowledge, skills, time and energy, and
thick skin,  Especially under the hail of rocks and stones from
the peanut gallery...

Counter productive to getting the work we need done (volunteers
we need) is the attitude from the peanut gallery about getting
in there and "kicking butt" and "better management"...  You do
that in an all volunteer organization and soon there is nothing
left but managers and butt kickers and complainers.

This happens in every aspect of ham radio all the way down to
the local clubs and all the way to the top.  You'd think by now
that the old-fuds who clamour for more effort (from others) have
about 30 years of experience with how this does NOT work in ham
radio.  Progress is made by self motivated individuals who see a
need and jump in to fill it.

It is very simple!

If you can contribute "work" then jump in and do it.  Othwerwise
"get out of the way" and contribute money, food, encouragement,
and assistance to those that do.  "Ankle-biting, naysaying, and
complaining" accomplish absolutely nothing forward.  If you
don't like the direction things are going, then jump in and go
another way and see if you can find followers (workers, not
ditto-heads)... But get out of the way of those that are making
progress in their direction... That's the only way progress is
made in volunteer organizations...

This is surely what this old-fud has learned in the last 30
years...
Bob, WB4APR

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  All,
  I think that you are all on the same floor of the building now.  After a few days of postings, I'd like to chime in.  What has happened in the past
  with Satellite building is a that a group of "Friends" got together and decided that "hey, let's do this!"  As friends, they knew each other well and 
  enjoyed each others company regardless of drawbacks and shortcomings.  On that level, as I believe, is how we should approach any management style.
  As some of our shirts say "We all are (or not) Rocket scientists."  
  The goal is the same, to enjoy satellites built by our peers.  The other 99% should support them with fund raisers, attending hamfests to show
   others what we are trying to do and bring them on our side of the ropes. 
  I also noted a few weeks ago that there are BOD members openings and if you feel that you could have offered better ideas and directions, you would
  get on the proper bandwagon and ramp up towards that direction.  I only see 4 on the ballot.  So once again, comments are shallow and only
  potshots at the people that are volunteering their time, efforts, experience and direction are flung out into the ether.
  Constructive comments are always welcome to keep the organization on track.  Those that want to detract others from the smooth operation
  of an organization as AMSAT-NA ,be ready with their services to back up ideas with action.
  73,
  Dee, NB2F
  NJ AMSAT Co-ordinator
  East coast   "   "


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