[amsat-bb] Re: Public Relations Lacking

Bryce Salmi bstguitarist at gmail.com
Wed Nov 20 11:49:59 PST 2013

Just a few comments:

   - I'd be up for any document like this being publicly available
   - AMSAT Engineering is using it's expertise in radio comms as leverage
   for supplying a comms board to other cubesat payloads that can be turn into
   a full fledged bent pipe transmitter at end of mission. Not sure if this is
   actively being promoted yet, probably more leverage once Fox-1 flies
   - I have no idea if AMSAT has a presence (official) at the cubesat
   symposiums and conferences (I think there's a big one in Utah or at least
   was). That would be a good idea for this.
   - A great start would be to build up excitement within amateur radio and
   use that momentum to extend it. Again at least on AMSAT-NA side of thing
   Fox-1 is a big step towards that.

Nice discussion!



On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM, Stefan Wagener <wageners at gmail.com> wrote:

> This ARISS guide is very useful for schools and communities seeking a voice
> contact with the ISS. It is a procedure "manual" for a very specific
> purpose to guide applicants in the process for one specific goal, the
> contact. While the guide clearly fulfills its purpose and is used widely in
> preparation, it does not even mention AMSAT (however refers to the ARRL).
> However, the format and purpose is NOT useful for engaging individuals
> and/or groups involved in cubesats and amateur radio.
> What is needed is a “101 on CubeSats and Amateur Radio” document/guide that
> at certain levels of detail clearly outlines the benefits, pitfalls and
> processes involved in using amateur radio within a planned cubesat project.
> It should preferably be written by AMSAT (available in the store?) however
> the amateur radio satellite community at large is a great resource. In
> essence, we need to tell folks not how (necessarily) but why they should
> include us and clearly outline the benefits (assuming we have a few).
> All universities and even schools have in general a very effective
> communication group/department and their ability to promote their projects
> for fundraising purposes speaks volume. The lack of engagement by these
> groups with our community is based on previous experience and/or ignorance.
> Both of these are something we as a community have to take responsibility
> for. Negative experience based on cubesat bashing has done a lot of damage
> (based on very personal experience) and the lack of clearly outlining the
> benefits, our expertise, specific services and other tangible factors is
> also a factor.
> If, and I say if, engaging the cubesat community is a priority of AMSAT
> (NA), it will require time, resources and a full commitment by the board
> and yes, most of all volunteers. What could help is for example having a
> working group chaired by a VP for cubesats (small satellites) and having
> the annual meeting in partnership with one of the annual cubesat symposiums
> for a joint conference. However, the board will have to decide how
> important that is in comparison to other priorities. In the meantime, it is
> up to the individuals making an effort on the local level.
> My 2 cents, and I am going back working on our local ARISS project.
> Stefan
> On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM, Clint Bradford
> <clintbrad4d at earthlink.net>wrote:
> > >Is the guide available ...
> >
> > This is not the exact one I used for our ARISS contact ... but it is
> close
> > ...
> >
> > https://files.secureserver.net/0fgxMFjvG2DaFC
> >
> > I will upload the other one tonight - to the same folder.
> >
> > Clint
> > 909-241-7666 - cell
> >
> > ----------------------------------
> > Clint Bradford, K6LCS
> > http://www.clintbradford.com
> >
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