[amsat-bb] Re: There's no usable satellites
thomasmschaefer at gmail.com
Mon Oct 24 08:56:00 PDT 2011
I suspended my project to install a satellite beam and rotor because of the state of affairs. I guess I can donate more money but it is hard when the web pages for the current projects do not seem to be updated as much (yes, I know…volunteers). Maybe someone can tell me…
Are there updated, realistic timeframes posted on a website?
Is there a fund raising indicate to tell how close of far AMSAT is from their goal to launch the next satellite.?
It appears people want to help.
Case in point…the Project Fox website which was updated last on August 2011 states under the following under Project Status Updates: Watch this space as we progress. That's it. Not even the status updates that were given at Dayton.
Is there no progress? If the project is simply waiting until enough seed money is collected, then would it be possible to show that target? Maybe indicate what has been collected this month, last month, and this year? How far do we have to go? What is the next milestone and what is it waiting upon to start/finish.
I did see a number $800 on the logo where one can donate. Is that how much has been collected?
Non-professional fund raising has ben going on for a long time. Having basic feedback mechanisms encourages people to give. If they see how their contribution will add to a milestone being started/finished, it helps. I know it takes time and resources to do this, but ultimately, the fund raising is a big part I presume.
Now if I am wrong and the project is waiting for a grant or a free rocket ride to either bother, then let's see that status.
Note I read the Project Fox presentation given at Dayton and it did not mention funding targets except to state the obvious that launch costs have gone up. We need real numbers and to see how far it will take to get there. I think more people can rally around the project with some goals in mind.
Tom Schaefer, NY4I
On Oct 24, 2011, at 11:28 AM, Bato,Andras wrote:
> I have spent too much money on an FT-847!
> I had better to buy a well equipped HF transceiver instead!
> There is practically no usable satellites -except for AO-7 and VO-52.
> The problem is that you can find always the same stations on them.
> F2IL is in my log about 300 times...
> Spending money on FM satellites were made according to long term plans of IARU, ARRL and AMSAT which had been a dream of
> handling emergency traffic using hand-held equipment and antenna -as far as I know.
> Satellite activity is seriously declining!
> gl de ha6nn
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