Mailing Lists Frequently Asked Questions
Once you've read the introductory information about the services offered by AMSAT's mail server AMSAT.ORG, you may still have some questions. Some of these questions, and their answers, are available here. If you have additional questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See also the Mail Alias FAQ.
Questions & Answers
Either click on the web page link at the bottom of every mailing list
message, or go to the
ListInfo web page
and click on the appropriate mailing list. Near the bottom you'll find
a place to type in your email address and click on Unsubscribe or
If for some reason you can't use the web page, it is also possible to
unsubscribe by email. To do that, you send a message with a subject of
unsubscribe to a special address. The special address is
different for each mailing list. To figure out the special address, take
the name of the mailing list and add
-request at the end.
For example, for AMSAT-BB the special address is
Something may have been temporarily wrong with mail delivery
to your site. If a message to you bounces back to the mailing list
system, you may be removed from the mailing list. The system will try
to notify you about this, but if mail isn't getting through you might not
get the notice, either.
If you think this has happened to you, you can check your current
subscriptions. To do that, go to the
ListInfo web page and
click on the mailing list. Near the bottom you'll find a place to type in
your email address and click on Unsubscribe or edit options. You'll
be able to see (and change) your current status on the page that comes up.
If the mailing list system thinks you are subscribed, but you haven't
been seeing the mailing list messages, check your spam folder or your spam
filter settings. If that
doesn't work, check with your local system administrator.
If you think there might be a problem with the AMSAT.ORG system,
you may send a query to
email@example.com and ask.
This indicates a problem with domain name service. AMSAT.ORG is
a fully official domain name, and your host should be able to
find it. Check with your local network administrator.
Not unless you're an official ANS station. You may send it to
the AMSAT-BB mailing list (by sending your message to
and/or submit it to the ANS editor
for possible inclusion in the next issue of the AMSAT News Service.
It's not possible for the mailing lists to contain exactly
what you find interesting. If we are to share information freely,
all subscribers must be prepared to cope with a certain amount of
traffic they find boring or useless.
Sometimes it becomes a clear problem, with one subject
generating so much traffic that it becomes a burden on a more
general mailing list. In those cases, a new mailing list can be
created to make it possible for only those who are interested to
receive the information. However, there is a practical limit.
Most automatically-generated problem report
("bounce") messages should be automatically routed to
the list administrator. These messages usually signal a transient
problem somewhere in the network. Often, the problem is at the
receiving end. If a particular subscriber generates repeated
bounce messages, that subscriber will be removed from the mailing
If by some mischance a bounce messages comes back to you, the
poster of a message to one of the mailing lists, please forward
the bounce message (or a sample if many arrive) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
forward the entire message including headers as received. If the
echoed text is large, you may edit it down, but preserve all
headers and bounce message text.
No, the services are available to anyone. Of course, you're
encouraged to join your national AMSAT organization.
No, these are free services for the amateur satellite
community. Donations are cheerfully accepted, however. See below.
The AMSAT office is separate from mailing list maintenance.
You may address requests like these to
email@example.com, or send
them by mail, phone, or fax to AMSAT headquarters:
850 Sligo Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
voice: +1 (301) 589-6062
fax: +1 (301) 608-3410
or use the contact form.
Go to the AMSAT Store
Thanks for asking! Please send any donations to the AMSAT HQ, address above. You can also make donations online at the AMSAT Store.
on the Web.
If you have questions, please use the contact form to contact the mail list team. Permission is granted to distribute this page without restriction.