New Discord Server for Amateur Satellite! (AMSAT)
Some excellent news for everyone interested in amateur satellite radio courtesy of Michelle Thompson W5NYV and Ciemon Dunville G0TRT:
Ciemon G0TRT came back to the Amateur Radio Satellite Service after many years away. He was so thrilled to see the passion, interest and fun still there.
Back in 2000 when he turned the station off, email was about the only way to communicate outside of a local club, so he was surprised that email still seemed to be about all there is.
For someone not in a club, or not wanting to be part of a club, and without any known fellow satellite focused operators nearby it can be a challenge at times to find answers when Google can’t help and a simple question to a person would probably be quite quick.
He searched back through the AMSAT-BB archive to look for real-time chat tools such as IRC, Slack and Discord but these didn’t appear to be any!
In the spirit of trying to fill a potential gap he fired up a Discord server at:
Whilst this does have a voice capability it’s mainly text chat, but can have separate channels for different topics such as antennas, tracking etc and can have channels for countries to focus on too.
New users will need to create an account which is normal for all Discord users, and he hopes that this server might be of some use to the global AMSAT community.