[amsat-bb] Re: HEO naivete

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Sat Feb 7 07:27:44 PST 2009

Hi Mike,

What method did you volunteer by? I ask because we have recently found dead 
ends on the webpage that need to be taken care of, and also because I'm 
certain we could find some niche for your particular skills.

I agree that there is not a strong sense of direction in the organization 
right now. One reason is that we are desperately in need of more volunteers 
that are willing to take on projects, ranging from updating web pages and 
email lists, to actually building hardware. We are finally starting to get 
some traction on our biggest issue, ITAR. Nothing dissuades a volunteer more 
than the looming threat of federal prison or a crushing fine for talking to 
the wrong foreign national about the wrong widget. We've recently retained 
some excellent legal help who is making good headway into a workable 
solution for our situation, and I have faith that we will soon emerge from 
the woods.

If someone has the motivation to volunteer, the best way to do so is a email 
or preferably a phone call to the AMSAT officer or person responsible for 
that area or project. Meanwhile I'll continue to try to get the obviously 
broken web tools taken down, but that is difficult without a webmaster.

73, Drew KO4MA

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike and Paula Herr" <herr at ridgenet.net>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2009 9:12 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: HEO naivete

> Bob,
>     You are 100% right! After reading the latest AMSAT Journal, I have
> absolutely no idea where AMSAT is going! Frankly, it appears to be
> chaos. I have donated and was on the verge of more donations as well as
> signing up for Life Member, but I have held back, waiting to see if
> AMSAT will even survive. I have volunteered, 3 times, and never have
> even gotten a courtesy response. Experience? I worked in the aerospace
> industry and have equipment flying on the Shuttle every flight and am
> involved with CEV. Frustrated? you bet!
> See you on AO-7 and VO-52.
> 73
> Mike WA6ARA
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