The nomination process for the 2021 AMSAT Board of Directors election has been completed. The Board consists of seven directors who serve two-year terms. In odd number years (like this one), four seats are up for re-election. Members began nominating potential candidates in May with the nomination period ending on June 15th.

Exactly four nominations were received and reviewed and all four potential candidates met the necessary qualifications. With four seats open and exactly four nominations made, all four nominees will be seated on the Board on September 15th. Successful candidates include:

  • Joseph Armbruster, KJ4JIO
  • Robert Bankston, KE4AL
  • Jerry Buxton, N0JY
  • Zach Metzinger, N0ZGO

Despite that all nominees will be seated, the Bylaws require an election and this process will take place via online voting. The electronic management system that handles membership is also capable of managing elections and will be used for the current election. There is zero additional cost to AMSAT to take advantage of this method which is in stark contrast to typical mail-in elections that can cost upwards of ten thousand dollars each year.

Instructions for voting will be emailed by July 15, 2021 to all members who are in good standing as of July 1, 2021. This requires a working email address on file with AMSAT. I suspect we will never again use postal mail for elections so this is a critical requirement if members want to be able to vote.

The current Board of Directors and date of their expiring term:


  • Jerry Buxton, N0JY (2021)
  • Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA (2021)
  • Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK (2021)
  • Michelle Thompson, W5NYV (2021)
  • Mark Hammond, N8MH (2022)
  • Bruce Paige, KK5DO (2022)
  • Paul Stoetzer, N8HM (2022)

On or before September 30th, 2021 the new Board of Directors will look like this barring any withdrawal:

  • Mark Hammond, N8MH (2022)
  • Bruce Paige, KK5DO (2022)
  • Paul Stoetzer, N8HM (2022)
  • Joseph Armbruster, KJ4JIO (2023)
  • Robert Bankston, KE4AL (2023)
  • Jerry Buxton, N0JY (2023)
  • Zach Metzinger, N0ZGO (2023)

The last year has brought sweeping changes to the way AMSAT works. There is no longer an employee on the payroll and the main office has been closed and all work-flow processes have become virtual. That all required considerably more effort than might be imagined, but the savings realized from these changes, in addition to the AMSAT Journal moving to digital only publication, have slashed the costs of running the corporation by a significant amount without negative impact to the member services rendered.