[amsat-bb] Re: Orbital Classroom -Where is it?????????

R.Haighton fhaighton at cogeco.ca
Sat Dec 22 09:43:07 PST 2007

Hi Dave,
It took 10 years to raise the funds for AO-40, and that involved a great
deal of publicity as well as keeping people informed, It seems to me that
the one thing we are missing now is regular information sessions, these
combined with the requests for funding will help keep AMSAT alive and help
to Pay for the satellites. While we hope for major funding from other
sources, that may (or may not) materialize, we will still require
substantial input from the membership. That input will only come (from
people like me) if we are kept informed (on a regular Basis - Monthly?)
Bob McGuire is quite right when he states that it is unlikely that major
donors can be found to pay for our Hobby satellites ( pardon my
paraphrase!).My donation to the President's Club has been held up this year
pending better communications.
Robin VE3FRH
Past President and founder of the Presidents Club

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Sent: December 21, 2007 4:01 PM
To: R.Haighton
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Orbital Classroom -Where is it?????????

Hi Robin,

I couldn't agree more.  The "paucity" of information coming out of 
the present AMSAT-NA "administration" is something I just quit 
complaining about.  NothIng ever changes.

The technical experts "Bob McGwier" and all, present some wonderful 

All the other "leaders" do nothing but ask for money, as though that 
was our only goal!!

Of course it takes dollars, we should to be reminded to donate, but 

>Well AMSAT does have a director of Education but unfortunately I don't see
>too much happening.
>I fully support your Idea, and in time past there was so many good papers
>the symposium on the (then being built)
>Satellites that they were a complete technical education program. I recall
>the various members of the AO-40 team explaining about every system being
>designed and the problems encountered and the solutions, etc
>Similarly the means of heat dissipation (AO-40) and stabilization of the
>spacecraft (A0-40 & Microsats). So much good stuff that it made our heads
>One came away from the Meetings with determination to see the projects
>completed even if it meant "Empty Pockets!"
>I would like to hope that through your initiative we could return to those
>days..... This is not to take anything away from Eagle or P4 but to
>supplement those programs.
>go to hamfests and events and have a pretty PowerPoint or in the "parking

            73, Dave, WB6LLO
                dguimon1 at san.rr.com

                    Disagree: I learn....

               Pulling for P3E... 

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