I sure hope you - the moderator of my posts here - allow this little rebuttal to
the post from “Pablo” that you allowed earlier today. My bottom line remains:
What can we all do to make AMSAT-NA survive.
Well - good evening to you, too, Pablo.
>> When's the last time you attended a symposium? Ummm, never?
I just love it when truly ignorant statements are made - as if the writer knew anything about
what they are talking about.
I attended an AMSAT Symposium when it was in San Jose, CA. I also accumulated one of the
finest assemblage of raffle prizes AMSAT-NA has ever seen when I was prize coordinator
for their symposium a couple years ago. Got a plaque signed by the AMSAT prez for that effort.
I know exactly what a cruise costs. I know precisely what it costs to put on events. I orchestrated
a city-wide event for Riverside, CA (population 300K) that had about 7,000 attendees. From parking
to logistics to communications to placing a repeater atop a local hill to working with each and
every vendor - I know what it takes.
I also worked with the publicity director for a large regional newspaper. I have also been involved
with several 501(c)(3) organizations with their fundraising and grant writing projects.
I also orchestrated an ARISS contact for my City of Jurupa Valley - earning FRONT PAGE WITH
COLOR PHOTOS coverage in California’s sixth-largest daily newspaper. Along with NPR interviews,
coverage by other video outlets, video highlighted on the Bob Heil / Gordon West Ham Nation
mediacast - I did it all for our students.
So you have no idea who I am or what I have done. Yet you spout your venom ...
A group in financial problems holding an annual event on a cruise. If you do not see how horrible
that looks - from a public relations and marketing aspect - then you are either naive or just plain
I acknowledged on the AMSAT-BB list that you made good points. You are welcome.
How I am “self-promoting” myself - actually “promoting working the birds” has proven effective. I am
approached monthly by conventions, groups, municipalities, clubs - to find out more about working
the FM birds. In that aspect - “spending the word” - I am tremendously successful.
>> … Barbed wire is not an effective material for constructing antennas …
Tell that to the Boy Scouts who used that barbed wire antenna to speak to an astronaut who was
aboard the ISS at the time.
YOU are just one of a handful that, apparently, just don’t get it. Working a couple of the FM birds is
not something one needs to put a lot of money in to. Is using barbed wire the same as spending $500+
and using an M2 2MCP28? Nope. DOES IT WORK FOR THIS? ABSOLUTELY.
>> … you act like it should work for everyone in every situation …
Bovine excrement. Can one make an effective 2M/440 antenna and work a bird or three? Absolutely.
>> … I'm thankful this season that you are not a professional educator in any school system …
Sorry to disappoint you - but I still volunteer for NASA and am earned my registered ARRL instructor
Clint Bradford K6LCS
PS By the way, I don’t see any posts from you suggesting tactics to “save” AMSAT-NA from its
current financial problems. At least a few of us are … But not you …