[amsat-bb] AMSAT Symposium at Sea
Devin L. Ganger
devin at thecabal.org
Sun Nov 27 08:01:45 UTC 2016
My name is Devin (WA7DLG) and I'm a 44 year-old IT professional and new ham. I got my Technician license in August 2015 to help encourage my daughter in the practical side of her pursuit of astrophysics in college, and got Extra this past June. I write science fiction and pretty much love all things space.
I'm one of the new hams and satellite enthusiasts you may be targeting.
While AMSAT wasn't the first club I joined, it didn't take me long. I'm saving my pennies for a bigger steerable antenna installation for my home station, but in the meantime I'm jumping into electronics and Arduino experimentation to work on a tracker/controller for my handheld Elk antenna. I plan on going back to school to get a physics degree focused on space studies, and maybe beyond.
My wife and I SERIOUSLY talked about going on the cruise to attend this year's AMSAT Symposium. The only reason we didn't was due to job schedule conflicts. Otherwise, that would have been a very enticing entry into the AMSAT community for both of us. I don't know what I'm going to find -- will the sessions be too technical for me, will there be the kind of bickering and politics I've seen the past couple of days on this list? If so, a cruise offers me and my wife a great way to easily escape for a time.
If you do another one, we'll probably see you all there.
Devin L. Ganger (WA7DLG)
email: devin at thecabal.org
web: Devin on Earth
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From: AMSAT-BB [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of Chad Phillips
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 5:54 PM
To: Frank Westphal <k6fw1 at verizon.net>
Cc: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AMSAT Symposium at Sea
Well stated Frank. I for one would certainly vote to host a Symposium on a cruise ship again. Not next year but maybe within the next few? In any event it was truly enjoyable experience. I learned so much from the presentations. The passion of those behind the scenes with AMSAT-NA was inspiring. Thank-you to Clayton for taking the chance and stepping outside of the box with this event.
> On Nov 26, 2016, at 1:14 AM, Frank Westphal <k6fw1 at verizon.net> wrote:
> I had a fantastic time at the AMSAT Symposium at Sea. I would go again next year if a cruise is offered. How about a cruise out of a Florida port. I learned a lot, had a great time meeting operators face to face that I had only talked to on the birds. Had fun in Progresso. Made a dozen QSO's from rare grids to make the operators who stayed home happy.
> I went to the Baltimore Symposium two years ago and spent at least as much money as the cruise trip all expenses included. I enjoyed the Baltimore trip, but there was more opportunity to get to know the other AMSAT members on the cruise and exchange ideas.
> A big thank you to Clayton, W5PFG, and his symposium committee and the AMSAT Board of Directors for believing in the idea and backing it.
> As far as furthering the fund raising for AMSAT the venue of the symposium has minimal impact on attracting additional dollars. I have to believe a symposium on a cruise ship costs AMSAT less that at a tradition hotel.
> Attracting additional members will of course increase the income. Getting hams exciting about working the satellites will increase membership.
> The funding model for most large dxpeditions is half from the operators going on the expedition and the other half from fundraising from the ham community and corporate sponsors. AMSAT is working on the corporate donors. If every AMSAT member was a member of the President's Club at what ever level they can afford that would sure help the deficit. No hobby is inexpensive. Have you checked on the cost of a golf membership lately.
> I for one think AMSAT is a terrific organization and hope the future is bright.
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