[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement Award #500

Bruce kk5do at amsat.org
Wed May 20 19:42:09 PDT 2009

We already know not all the members of AMSAT or the satellite community 
read the messages on the AMSAT-BB. You all are assuming that every 
member of AMSAT has a computer and email. Unfortunately there are some 
that do not. If someone can answer how to give the postal submissions 
the same possibility of receiving number 500 as the email entries, I 
would be happy to do it in that way. I only go to the post office 
regularly once a week on my day off (tues/wed).

Pulling the mail out of the box will create a random order. Did the 
postal person place the first one on the left or the right and did they 
do it the same way the next day or did they shove it between the ones 
there already? I can't use the post mark to determine which arrived 
first because one letter could have taken 2 days to reach me and another 
5 days. I will have no way of knowing when the postal person put the 
letter in my box.

Now, I have the mail out of box and am walking to the car. One or two 
letters might slip out of my hand in the parking lot and placed either 
on top of the pile or the bottom not knowing where they actually were. 
Then on the trip home, someone might stop short in front of me and some 
of the mail on the seat slides on to the floor. There would be a random 
selection for the person that gets number 500 simply from the events of 
getting the mail to my house.

What if I send my daughter to pick up the mail and she comes home and 
there is a Priority Mail notice that has to be signed for. That person 
might have sent it in perfect time to be number 500 and now I have to go 
back to the post office to pick it up, unfortunately, I processed all 
the awards before going back and he now gets number 532.

As those sending email submissions are date and time stamped, where do I 
place someone's u.s. mail submission when I only go to the post office 
once a week? Does that person go to the end of the line because it did 
not get into my house until after all the emails were received or is it 
assumed to have been received first and go to the top of the pile?

The world is not perfect and I am just trying to make it fair for everyone.


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