[amsat-bb] AMSAT Symposium

Barry A. Baines bbaines at mac.com
Wed Sep 30 06:26:32 PDT 2009

This is a reminder that the AMSAT Symposium is quickly approaching.   
It takes place next weekend (9-11 OCT) at the BWI Sheraton and you're  

This Symposium marks the 40th Anniversary of AMSAT and we'll be  
celebrating this significant milestone along with looking forward to  
the next 40 years.  AMSAT members who are registered for the Symposium  
are invited to a 'birthday party' for AMSAT Friday evening (including  
a birthday cake). In addition,  Symposium attendees will also receive  
a 40th Anniversary History of AMSAT written/edited by Bill Tynan, W3XO  
in their registration packets.  Many of us don't know the 'story of  
AMSAT', and thanks to the work of Bill Tynan, Dick Daniels, Keith  
Baker and others, we've focused this year on telling AMSAT's story  
through their articles in the AMSAT Journal. Bill's new book provides  
significantly more detail as well as brings the reader right up to the  
current year.  It makes for fun reading and gives recognition to the  
significant achievements over the past 40 years!

This year's "AMSAT Proceedings" has a wide assortment of papers and  
this year's presentations will be both interesting and informative.   
Dan Schultz, N8FGV is finalizing the "Proceedings" as this is written  
and attendees will be in position to hear the presentations, discuss  
the papers with the authors, and gain some insight into the future  
direction of AMSAT's satellite program.

The Saturday evening Banquet will feature Martin Collins, a curator at  
the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.  The title of his talk is "Making  
the Space Age: The First Fifty Years".

A reminder that that the AMSAT BOD meeting takes place Thursday, 8 OCT  
and Friday morning, 9 OCT. This is an open meeting, though the BOD  
does go into closed session briefly on Friday morning.  In addition  
the AMSAT Annual Meeting takes place Saturday afternoon 1530-1700  
EDT.  We expect to have the Annual Meeting 'online' via Echolink.  I  
anticipate that both the Symposium and the Annual Meeting will be an  
opportunity to highlight some of the significant accomplishments that  
have taken place over the last 12 months plus give some perspective on  
the future direction of AMSAT.

Please consider joining us to celebrate a significant milestone for  
AMSAT and build the foundation for the next 40 years!  You may  
register online at the AMSAT Store:  http://www.amsat-na.com/store2/SymposiumReg2009.php 


Barry A. Baines, WD4ASW

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