[eagle] Re: what is going on?

John B. Stephensen kd6ozh at comcast.net
Wed Jul 9 15:45:54 PDT 2008


I'd guess that the inter-personal issues can be resolved in a few weeks. 
Launch funding is the main issue and not just for AMSAT-NA. At Ham Radio 
2008 the P3E update included the statement that "the cost quoted by 
Arianespace for the launch of P3E is outside the budget of AMSAT-DL."

73,

John
KD6OZH

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Ress" <bill at hsmicrowave.com>
To: "David Goncalves" <davegoncalves at gmail.com>
Cc: <eagle at AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 02:49 UTC
Subject: [eagle] Re: what is going on?


> Hi David,
>
> Very quiet out here on the West Coast too. I kept waiting for some ACP
> RF/Microwave chores but no direction has been forthcoming. We're going
> to have to really hustle if we're to meet the 2009 launch date that's
> stated  in our "Mission Vision!"
>
> Somehow - someway - we 'gotta do better than this!! Just hang in there
> David.
>
> Regards...Bill - N6GHz
>
> David Goncalves wrote:
>> Man, this sucks. There were teleconferences, then the sound of
>> crickets for months.
>>
>> Whomever is listening, I'm still and always available for those FPGA 
>> tasks.
>>
>> Actually, anybody listening?
>>
>> David Goncalves
>> W1EUJ
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 10:09 PM, Michelle <w5nyv at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Bob fired Matt Ettus on 23 June 2008. He fired me, for lack of a better
>>> term, on 26 June 2008.
>>>
>>> It was unnecessarily harsh and inaccurate. It was impersonal, and
>>> inappropriate.
>>>
>>> According to several AMSAT executives, Bob McGwier is mentally ill. I am
>>> told he suffers from bipolar disorder. Despite knowing this (if this is
>>> true), AMSAT has chosen to appoint him to Vice President of Engineering.
>>> They intend, as far as I can tell, to keep him in this position, 
>>> regardless
>>> of the result.
>>>
>>> While mental illness cannot and should not suffer stigma, it also is a
>>> factor in assigning responsibility.
>>>
>>> I think Bob needs help and support. I also think he needs to resign, and 
>>> get
>>> help, and then return to contribute as a valued and irreplaceable 
>>> technical
>>> volunteer.
>>>
>>> -Michelle W5NYV
>>>
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message ----
>>> From: Bdale Garbee <bdale at gag.com>
>>> To: AMSAT BoD <bod at amsat.org>
>>> Cc: namaste-dev at amsat.org; AMSAT Eagle <eagle at amsat.org>; Bob McGwier 
>>> N4HY
>>> <rwmcgwier at comcast.net>
>>> Sent: Monday, July 7, 2008 5:38:59 PM
>>> Subject: [eagle] what is going on?
>>>
>>> I just returned from nearly a month of travel/vacation with my family,
>>> including 4925 miles of cross-country road-trip.  Two of the personal
>>> highlights were my daughter Elizabeth KC0OTR passing her Extra exam in
>>> Grand Junction, CO, and my first visit to the NRAO facility at Green
>>> Bank, WV.
>>>
>>> In trying to catch up on the email backlog in preparation for
>>> re-engaging in less vacation-oriented activities, I find myself
>>> somethere between utterly confused and completely dismayed regarding
>>> AMSAT activities I care about.
>>>
>>>         It seems like it has been months since I heard about any
>>>         activity on Eagle or the associated ride-share opportunity other
>>>         than what is being discussed on the namaste-dev list.  ???
>>>
>>>         I see references in Michelle's weekly summaries about a meeting
>>>         in San Diego on the weekend of 18 July, but can't find any
>>>         information about who is meeting and for what purpose.  Is this
>>>         something I should show up for?  I've tried emailing a couple
>>>         folks directly that I thought might be able to give me details,
>>>         but have had no replies.  I happen to have that weekend open at
>>>         the moment.
>>>
>>>         An email from Bob McGwier to the eagle list on June 5th
>>>         indicated that he has resigned as VP Engineering and does not
>>>         intend to run for another term on the Board.  While I'm pleased
>>>         to see that he remains active on the namaste-dev list, I haven't
>>>         read anything yet indicating who is expected to replace him?
>>>         Who's supposedly running our Eagle and related engineering
>>>         projects now that Jim and Bob have both stepped down?
>>>
>>>         Matt Ettus reports that he has been "fired" and is thus no
>>>         longer working on the ACP.  Why?  I find it nearly inconceivable
>>>         that AMSAT would intentionally push away someone of his talent,
>>>         vision, and demonstrated persistence of contribution.  I
>>>         sincerely hope this is a misunderstanding of some kind?
>>>
>>> Would someone *please* tell me what is going on?
>>>
>>> 73 - Bdale, KB0G
>>>
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>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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