[amsat-bb] Cruise with Amsat!

Chad Phillips chad.kg0mw at gmail.com
Tue Jan 19 02:43:25 UTC 2016

Hi Clint. Sorry but I respectfully don't agree with your cruise opinion. I
have not been an AMSAT member for more than 15 years. I have never been to
a symposium. However we just booked the trip. We are so excited that this
years event will be on a ship. In fact my wife even booked it before I got
home from work today. One of our business vendors held a conference on a
similar ship. Everyone who attended loved it.

Obviously since I have been out of the loop for so many years, I don't know
about the organizations financial status. Wether they are loaded or not, I
don't see the cruise effecting that.

In my opinion wether or not there is the same size of crowd, it will be a
great experience that everyone will enjoy. In this case they just gained
one person who hadn't been there before.

Have a great night,

On Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 10:14 PM, Clint Bradford <clintbradford at mac.com>

> Now THERE'S a guaranteed manner in which to increase
> attendance: add a cruise cost to air fare.
> You gotta be kidding.
> This makes your online pleas for money raising on behalf of AMSAT-NA
> for satellite projects seem trivial and unnecessary: AMSAT must
> be loaded if they think this is going to enhance their stature and
> bank account.
> This makes me wonder what the true desire is of AMSAT-NA. If it
> is, indeed, to "disseminate info about and build birds," then the
> best method available is remote, live, videocasts from presenters.
> That would cost the presenter NOTHING in transportation costs.
> It would involve EVERY CONTINENT on the planet. And it would
> allow the largest possible audiences to "attend." Minimal charge
> for password access to whatever session one wanted to see ... or
> a conference package fee ... allow that access to be shown to a
> classroom or audience ... those fees are TOTAL PROFIT to AMSAT
> (unless honorariums are paid to some presenters).
> Overhead costs to AMSAT-NA? Virtually nothing. Largest attendance
> ever of any AMSAT show in history? Guaranteed.
> Unless the same minds who thought up "let's take a cruise" are in charge
> of it ... only then could someone mess up so simple a concept to bring
> educational sessions to the largest audience.
> Clint Bradford
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