The gentleman who is/was running the US side of things has pretty much left
the business due to health issues for the foreseeable future. When I
contacted him a couple of months ago he said to contact SSB Electronics in
Germany directly. I dont think they offer any of the FUNcube dongles etc
that SSB USA did. But they are very much still in business.
With respect to Paul's comment regarding one of Howie DeFelice's presumed nominators:
"Unfortunately some have proposed canceling the GOLF program, includingone Director who nominated you."
Beyond the extent necessary to support my determinations about any candidate's eligibility to be nominated or serve, I have not disclosed who nominated whom. it was not necessary to make such a disclosure in Howie's case.
Howie (and any candidate) may disclose who nominated him if he wishes, and nominators may disclose their nominations if they wish as well. I will not micromanage that process, but I do want to stress that eligibility of the candidates has been determined with finality.
73,Brennan Price, N4QXSecretary, Radio Amateur
Has SSB electronics went belly up? All of my recent attempts end up at dead ends. A few weeks ago I saw some inquiries about the FUN CUBE dongle. I have 2 of them sitting here gathering dust!!
Stay safe and healthy.
Out of necessity to determine a fixed voter list and in accordance with previous announcements, the voter list was invariantly determined on the basis of memberships in good standing on July 1. Membership in good standing on that date is the criterion I will use in determining whether to issue replacement or original ballots.
Brennan Price, N4QX
Secretary, Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
Hey guys, so there is this "Virtual Ham Radio Expo" on August 8th and 9th with a lot of exhibitors and a lot of virtual presenters. I noted that there was no "Getting Started" type of satellite presentation. I threw something out to the BB a week ago and aside from a response from Michelle, nothing else.
We are so caught up in our controversies, that we seem to be forgetting that there are a whole lot of people who just want to learn about this fascinating aspect of our hobby. If we don't watch it, WE WILL DRIVE THEM AWAY FROM THE ORGANIZATION!
Read Eric's email below. I am not the guy to produce a compelling "Getting Started" video, but I would like to work with someone who thinks they have one, and I would partner with them for the Q and A sessions. The deadline here is Saturday of this week.
Lets make this happen!
From: Eric 4Z1UG <eric(a)qsotoday.com>
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2020 11:40 PM
Subject: Re: Expo Contact Form Message
You are right, there is no AMSAT representation in this Expo this time around. AMSAT does not have a booth, and none of the potential speakers replied to my invitations.
If you have an excellent 20 to 30 minute video about AMSAT that you can send to me before Saturday, I will include it into a speaker Slot and give you a Q&A spot just after its first showing. Otherwise, we will do this again in March 2021 and hopefully someone from AMSAT will contact me.
On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 5:36 AM <mailto:[email protected]> wrote:
I am an AMSAT member and part of the Ambassadors program who take AMSAT presentations to hamests and clubs. I noted that there are NO presentations relating to Amateur Radio in Space except the one on QO-100. Unfortunately, that is a satellite opportunity not available to western hemisphere stations. I sent an email out to the AMSAT mail reflextor and got no direct response from anyone else interested in presenting for your event. Is it too late to get presentation slots? I would like to do an Intro to satellites presentation. Please let me know if someone else has approached yo about this. If so, that is fine, but I see nothign in your topics list and so would be willing to put myself forward to do it. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thomas Schuessler N5HYP
I am intrigued about QO-100 and have monitored it here in Florida by
remote WEB SDR access. I have not been active in the years since AO-40
failed and have been eager to see some HEO operations like I enjoyed
from AO-10 and AO-13. Listening to QO-100 has rekindled that interest.
Last month on AMSAT-BB I posed the question about getting a GEO ride
share with a commercial satellite, something that was considered 12
years ago with Intelsat. Having a QO-100 type transponder here CONUS
would grow the hobby and get folks like me active again (and
contributing sums as I did for AO-40). However, the "old guard" shot my
idea down for the usual reasons. (See my threads last month).
Having a QO-100 type transponder with a hybrid of narrow band linear
side and wide band digital side would open up a lot of opportunities for
operations, public service and experimentation. I hope the new "slate"
of BOD will consider this type of project as a priority.
Personally, I think GOLF has not achieved results fast enough to getting
us a larger footprint. I am not advocating scrapping of that effort, but
sometimes you have to jump ahead of the project and grab what is needed.
Can I suggest moving AMSAT member communications from eMail to Slack?
When I taught at UC Riverside last year - we used Slack to communicate with students. The tech companies I have worked with in Southern California have used Slack for many years. Recently, I noticed the Parrot Disco (RC Glider) club uses Slack to communicate with volunteers and members:
The benefit to Slack is having channels for each topic. In this case, discussion about Board Membership can be in it's own channel. People who are not interested are not required to read.
Each technology can have it's own channel. Each project can have it's own channel. And, members can find each other easily.
This current eMail subscription for all things creates a pain point - encouraging everyone to read everything.
I highly recommend the Board of Directors evaluate Slack as a replacement for eMail; the corporate cost per user in low compared to value: excellent ROI. Remember, eMail subscriptions became popular in the 1980s. This protocol is entirely outdated and outmoded for conversations today. Keep in mind, the Medium is the message - another reminder AmSat has become outdated and outmoded and not keeping up with the times.
Slack has been a positive and transforming tool employed on many projects I have worked with recently.
Robert MacHale. KE6BLR Ham Radio License. http://www.aprsat.com/predict
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The email list has worked well for me, and can be read by a neutral
email app on my phone (K9Droid is what I use).
If we moved to Slack, I'd probably not participate. I find the
stream-of-consciousness level of communication distracting enough using
Microsoft Teams at work. My hobby interests rarely require instantaneous
responses to someone else's thoughts.
I would caution against groups.io on political neutrality grounds. If
you look at the page https://groups.io/static/pricing and search for
"Indivisible", it is clear that those who run groups.io have a political
axe to grind.
This is the reason that I dropped off of another email list (NTMS) when
they moved to groups.io from Yahoo Groups.
Anyway, I prefer a simple email of plain text to something with flashy
colors and obnoxious fonts. If something needs to be said graphically,
include a URL to one of the many free hosting sites with the desired
I'm trying to use NOVA and I don't see where I set the serial comms in the rotor setup.
Ciao baby, catch you on the flip side
73 de W3AB/GEO
You can say "over", you can say "out", you just can't say "over and out".