[amsat-bb] Re: Questions for the 2007 BoD Candidates
hartzell at gmail.com
Thu Aug 2 15:54:34 PDT 2007
On 7/30/07, Andrew Glasbrenner <glasbrenner at mindspring.com> wrote:
> Hi Dave! Sorry for the delay in answering, here's my 2 cents.
> > * How often have you been using the existing satellites (e.g. AO-51) in
> > the
> > last year.
> Just about every day I at least listen, with occasional lapses due to work
> commitments. I have Satellite VUCC #123 with endorsements up to 500 grids,
> and another 80 or so ready to be checked. Between the LEOs and AO-40 I also
> have about 90 countries confirmed for DXCC. Lately my interests have trended
> towards the digital satellites and university missions, but in general I
> work them all.
> > * What do you consider as the greatest asset AMSAT has?
> Our history of innovation is impressive to both those inside and outside of
> ham radio. We must continue to innovate to maintain that impression by doing
> new and exciting things like Suitsat 1 and 2, and the ACP, SDX, and other
> unique aspects of the EAGLE project.
> > * What do you consider is AMSAT's greatest weakness and how will you
> > address it?
> > * How are you planning to advance AMSAT as a professional organization in
> > terms of management, membership service and transparency?
> We don't do a good enough job recruiting new talent for our projects. Needs
> are often filled from the inside and that can lead to overworked volunteers,
> and a "us vs. them" mentality. We often also find that there are single
> "points of failure" when only one person knows the specifics of a task or
> project, and I'd like to improve on this. One of the things I have proposed
> in the last few months is an AMSAT "job board" where we can advertise what
> the org and project leadership are looking for in a volunteer, either on the
> webpage or in the Journal. The entire EAGLE team has made giant strides in
> this direction with the new project philosphy of open design, and I remain
> very impressed with what is happening over on Eaglepedia.
> > * What are you planning to do to ensure a healthy, stable future for
> > AMSAT?
> See the above response ;-). We should spread the workload around some,
> involve new blood, recruit harder from both the tradtional ham population
> and from the newer non-traditional hams like those working on cubesat
> projects. We must also finish and launch one or more HEOs to get back on
> track, and keep building them!
> > Thanks and 73!
> > Dave N0TGD
> Thanks for your interest, and hopefully your vote Dave!
> 73, Drew KO4MA
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