[amsat-bb] Re: Trolls on the -bb

Rick - WA4NVM wa4nvm at comcast.net
Tue Sep 1 17:08:24 PDT 2009

Drew................ well said!

I have read all the comments the last few weeks and wonder to myself  "the
biggest grippers on the BB, I have never even heard on a satellite in the 
last 18 months".
(I have kept a spread sheet for over 18 months - 1350+ entries of all the 
operators heard)
I often remember the phrase  "Praise in public, criticize in private." 
And..... put your
money where your mouth is!  Folks..... they are volunteers... What have you 
done to
make things better?  LEO, HEO, hey, launch a pie pan to bounce a signal 
off.... I'll be a
happy camper.  Let's move forward and work to get something in space.

My two cents,
Rick - WA4NVM, LM 1339

> People often ask me why more of the AMSAT leadership doesn't participate 
> on
> the AMSAT-BB. I think that over the last few weeks we have seen ample 
> reason
> why. We've been accused of stupidity, malfeasance, sloth, and called out 
> at
> every opportunity. I've about had it with the trolling and the bickering 
> and
> the internet commandos cruising for reactions. They've caused it to cease
> being fun or even interesting to participate in this email list.
> I'd like each and every one of you to consider how you'd feel if you gave
> several hours a day for free to an organization to only get sarcastic,
> bitter criticism at your efforts in return? Sit back and think where the
> organization would be today if all the current volunteers decided they'd
> rather sit behind a keyboard and tear someone else's work down rather than
> analyze telemetry, plan schedules, maintain webpages, solder circuit 
> boards,
> mail ballots, test batteries, process renewals, inquire about new
> opportunities, mentor a beginner or a cubesat project, write an article,
> schedule an ARISS QSO, etc? Next time you feel that urge to criticize or
> even hurt AMSAT in public, remember that behind every thing AMSAT does is
> someone who decided to volunteer rather than do something more selfish 
> with
> their time, and those folks have feelings and egos and frailties. Push 
> them
> too hard and you might find they pack their bags and leave.
> I know AMSAT has had it's issues over it's long history, and we are all
> disappointed that HEOs seem to be almost out of reach for us now. We are 
> all
> human and we all make mistakes, especially when it involves rocket 
> engines,
> building spacecraft on hobby store budgets, and getting all past our
> benefactor launch agency trials and schedules. We have also learned from
> our mistakes, and it is time to move ahead. Our officers and our BOD is
> almost entirely different from just 5 years ago. I think if we can quit
> flinging mud at each other for a few moments, you'll see that there are 
> some
> good things just around the corner for AMSAT, and those good things may 
> lead
> to great things. But we need your support and understanding, not your 
> slings
> and arrows. What have you done for your AMSAT lately?
> If a member has a problem with or suggestion for how a volunteer is doing
> their job, contact them through the website regardless of what your
> interpretation of "bug" is, or directly via email or even a phone call. Be
> prepared to back up your complaint with an offer of help. Sometimes it 
> will
> work, and sometime it won't. But please, for the sake of the organization,
> keep the sarcasm, the bitter jabs, and the trolling and bickering off
> the -bb.
> 73, Drew KO4MA
> lowly AMSAT servant
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