[amsat-bb] AMSAT Symposium at Sea
k6fw1 at verizon.net
Sat Nov 26 07:14:53 UTC 2016
I had a fantastic time at the AMSAT Symposium at Sea. I would go again
next year if a cruise is offered. How about a cruise out of a Florida
port. I learned a lot, had a great time meeting operators face to face
that I had only talked to on the birds. Had fun in Progresso. Made a
dozen QSO's from rare grids to make the operators who stayed home happy.
I went to the Baltimore Symposium two years ago and spent at least as
much money as the cruise trip all expenses included. I enjoyed the
Baltimore trip, but there was more opportunity to get to know the other
AMSAT members on the cruise and exchange ideas.
A big thank you to Clayton, W5PFG, and his symposium committee and the
AMSAT Board of Directors for believing in the idea and backing it.
As far as furthering the fund raising for AMSAT the venue of the
symposium has minimal impact on attracting additional dollars. I have
to believe a symposium on a cruise ship costs AMSAT less that at a
Attracting additional members will of course increase the income.
Getting hams exciting about working the satellites will increase
The funding model for most large dxpeditions is half from the operators
going on the expedition and the other half from fundraising from the ham
community and corporate sponsors. AMSAT is working on the corporate
donors. If every AMSAT member was a member of the President's Club at
what ever level they can afford that would sure help the deficit. No
hobby is inexpensive. Have you checked on the cost of a golf membership
I for one think AMSAT is a terrific organization and hope the future is
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