[amsat-bb] Re: How volunteerism works...
morsesat at optonline.net
Sat Jul 19 05:26:44 PDT 2008
>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
>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.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga at usna.edu>
>To: <AMSAT-BB at 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
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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
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.
NJ AMSAT Co-ordinator
East coast " "
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