[amsat-bb] Fwd: Cruise with Amsat!

Daniel Schultz n8fgv at usa.net
Wed Jan 13 02:55:47 UTC 2016

For a typical Symposium weekend, my wife gladly stays home knowing how boring
an AMSAT Symposium can be, so I only have to buy one airline ticket and I can
often cut the lodging cost in half by sharing a room with another temporarily
single AMSAT guy. I carry enough snacks in my luggage that I don't need to pay
for hotel meals aside from the banquet. 

However there is no way that I will be allowed to go on a "cruise with the
AMSAT boys" without bringing her along, so now I'm on the hook for $446
dollars (including tax) times two, along with two plane tickets to Houston. We
are looking at over $1000 for something that usually costs a few hundred. I
have not missed a symposium in quite a few years but this might be the year
when I lose my perfect attendance record. 

Last year's symposium had a record attendance by college and high school
students, who are the future of AMSAT. I doubt very many of these students can
afford a cruise so we will probably set another record for the least
attendance by students. 

Finally, what are the legal ramifications of discussing potentially ITAR
restricted subjects on a foreign registered ship outside of US territory?

I hope you all have fun, I will (probably) not be going.

73, Dan Schultz N8FGV

>On Sun Jan 10, 2016 at 6:55 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>

>I think the cruise is a good idea.  My only thought about it is that some
>wives are very high maintenance, possibly placing the ham in a lose-lose
>situation being split apart by dual loyalties.  Or he can try to go alone,
>and face other consequenceis.  It will be an interesting challenge...

>On Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 2:04 PM, W M Willoughby <redski at bellsouth.net>

>> I think it is a great idea to try the cruise venue. I don't see how my
>> could possibly object to being on a cruise while I am in satellite
>> presentations and I know she would enjoy meeting some of my radio friends.
>> If the attendance is particularly low, we will know not to try it again!

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