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Amsat fund rasing

AMSAT-NA already has such a fund called the President's Fund. I just renewed 
my membership in AMSAT over the weekend and gave money to the President's 
Fund earmarking it for Eagle. I know AMSAT did echo because it was cheap and 
fast compared to Eagle but at the time there were 4 or 5 LEOs and 1 sick 
HEO. Echo would not have been my first choice but the board had a decision 
to make and they did the best they could.

Now were are down to just 1 or 2 LEOs and no HEOs. I would like to see 
another HEO on the drawing board at all times. Maybe AMSAT-DL will be able 
to move more quickly on this with AO-40 mk2 or P3e, I don't know. It may be 
that the AMSAT-NA board decided to take the Eagle money and support AMSAT-DL 
in their efforts to get a HEO going.

But AMSAT is the only game in town doing amatuer satellites so they need 
support and direction of the memebrs, I choose to give them that support and 
direction with my check book. I hope they are listening to the dollars.


Message: 1
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 21:22:27 -0000
From: "Keith" <keith@cwgsy.net>
Subject: [amsat-bb] FW: Amsat fund rasing


I have been reading all the recent e-mails regarding the rights and
wrongs and who did what and the problems with AO-40.

I for one have enjoyed not only AO-40 but also AO-10 and AO-13 and would
support the construction on an AO-40 Mk2 maybe someone will correct me
but I seem to remember reading that there are some spare modules or
modules that were meant for AO-40 that never made it unto the satellite
could these be used for a MK2?

I understand that building a satellite is an expensive and time
consuming thing to do and Amsat are reliant on a team of very talented
people who give their time freely and I for one would not have been able
to gain so much knowledge and had so much fun without their efforts.

Would it be possible for someone at Amsat to start a fund for the
building of a high orbit satellite I for one can't afford to make a huge
donation to Amsat but would be more than happy to make a monthly
automatic payment into such a fund. If every satellite op put the cost
of a packet of cigarettes or a couple of pints of beer into the fund
each month A it would not be missed B the value of the fund should rise

How about it?

73 Keith


Scott F. Migaldi, K9PO & JN3XCV
**"A long time ago being crazy meant something, nowadays everyone is
crazy" -- Charles Manson**

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