[amsat-bb] Re: Let's Go!
josepharmbruster at gmail.com
Wed Oct 14 12:29:22 PDT 2009
Is there any type of document around that provides a brief summary of all
current Amsat projects and the type of funding / support that is needed for
This was my first time at the symposium and I haven't made it through all
the pamphlets and papers yet, so forgive me if this was part of the package.
On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 2:31 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner <
glasbrenner at mindspring.com> wrote:
> Thanks for the vote of confidence Jeff. I'll repeat what Bill said; this
> was a tough decision, but based on reality and part of a larger plan
> forward. We are also working multiple rideshare opportunities, most of
> which will likely involve transponders rather than repeaters.
> What we really need now is to raise the money we need to start design
> and construction, and get a launch contract in the works. The 1U cubesat
> is going to be a short fuse project if we can get the funding raised
> soon enough.
> Barry's presentation at the annual meeting lays out the level of funds
> we need, approximately 100k this year and again next year, to support
> the 1U, and one or more rideshares. Our membership dues only cover
> keeping AMSAT alive and running the office, journal, webstore, etc.
> Who'll be among the first to step up and pledge to support this project
> via the President's Club or other donations? Call Martha today at 1 888
> 322 6728 or donate via
> 73, Drew KO4MA
> Jeff Davis wrote:
> > I want to offer 'hearty congratulations' to the BOD for the courageous
> > decisions made at the recent Space Symposium. I can think of no
> > headline more appropriate and welcome for this organization than the
> > declaration, "We're going back to space".
> > Perhaps this decision to move forward with what we can do will also be
> > what was needed to get the manufacturers to quit sitting on their
> > hands and INNOVATE!
> > How many threads have been spawned on this BB by someone asking the
> > question "what handheld should I buy to use AO-51"..?
> > The fact that the pat answer is that there aren't any - you need to
> > check eBay for a 20 year-old model speaks pitifully of the ham radio
> > marketplace in the 21st century.
> > Given the nature of LEO, portable operations are very common and going
> > forward, will be even more so. Who among us wouldn't love a mobile
> > sized transceiver that sported true simultaneous dual-band (VHF/UHF)
> > operation and a continuously tunable VFO on FM in a 'satellite
> > operation mode'?
> > What would it be worth if that radio also could record all pass data -
> > and had a USB port that supported a memory stick so that everything
> > received during a pass could stored on it for offline extraction and
> > study later when you're back in the shack. It wouldn't even require an
> > internal TNC to download telemetry data - the audio file could simply
> > be played back (offline) on a PC and the telemetry decoded there.
> > There are bound to be hundreds of similar ideas and dreams of new
> > gear, antennas, and interesting things to do at LEO - let's populate
> > the BB with these sorts of things and look forward, not back.
> > I'm more than ready to turn to a new chapter and get back to shaping
> > the future of ham radio in space.
> > Aren't you?
> > 73 de Jeff, KE9V
> > AMSAT-NA 28350
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