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Old 01-25-2020, 02:09 PM
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Back in late 2007 I bought a new DX7 , with a nice new case to carry it in . Shortly after I bought it I got 2008's AMA membership sticker and a yearly tradition was born . In all those years the DX7 and I have had a lot of fun , both flying planes with it and also modding it to my liking (since Init4fun is an electronic hobbyist as well as an RC hobbyist this DX7 has the ball bearing gimbal mod , the switching voltage regulator mod , and the screen backlight mod that looks a lot better in person than in the picture) .

So tell me , what do you do with the sticker that gets sent each year ? Toolbox/flightbox ? Workshop walls ? The trash bin ?

Remember , there are no wrong answers here , and this is supposed to be a happy oasis in the midst of nowaday's AMA/FAA tension , so no fighting please


Old 01-25-2020, 02:55 PM
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I have to admit that I have always tossed them. The artwork never appealed to me. If it were something a bit better looking and in vinyl I might have put them on an airplane.
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I used to put them on the back window of my truck topper. Stopped about 5 years ago.......HMMMM...I'll leave it at that to honor init4fun's happy thread wishes!

Oh, and being that I am NOT an electronic enthusiast, I upgraded my radio last year to the Futaba 18SZ Anniversary edition and got the nice gimbals!

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Thank You gents for the responses

Speed , I know what you mean . back when I had cars I didn't particularly care about I used to put them on the bumper or the rear window , and then when I got cars too nice to put stickers on I began throwing them away myself . Then , for a while I'd put them on the door of my hobby room , back when I had the big house before I sold it and downsized . I only have the ones from 2008 forward because since then the TX box seemed like a great place to let them collect .

Astro , that must be one fine radio !!!! Every year for the past 5 or 6 I've thought about replacing the trusty ol DX7 with something newer , and every year I end up flying the DX7 and saying "maybe next year" to myself . I have of course replaced the batteries with a "batteries USA" premade battery pack with Eneloop NIMH cells , and knock on wood my only crashes have been due to me and not due to it . Lately I don't fly much over .40 sized planes , and if I ever do decide to fly some of my bigger stuff that'll likely be the time I get the new radio .
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Nothing wrong with your DX7, I used to fly a 170cc powered Extra 260 with one. I did however use a powersafe RX.
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I used to place mine on the bumper of my car/truck. Living in the northern states they didn't last long. For the last several years I have been placing mine on a tool case that holds my RC tools and a meter.

Nice topic! Great diversion and a reminder that the hobby can still be lots of fun.
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Probably like all my other membership cards and stickers, they'll get put in a desk drawer. When the pile gets too thick, they'll go in the trash.
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Thank You for the responses guys ,

To Speed , I have a couple of those dual battery receivers stashed away for the bigger stuff if I ever decide to get them together . I've got some cool big stuff in boxes but the "grab & go" allure of the parkies on up to the .40 size makes them my most used planes . I can toss a couple of them in the car fully assembled , have a few hours of fun , and not have to do the whole disassembly routine to get them back in the car for the ride home .

To jcmors , Thank You , I know there is a lot of tension and worry about the whole FAA thing and I figured a friendly chat thread loosely based on our AMA stickers would bring a bit of the friendly back

To Grog , Had I not began sticking them to the TX box I'd likely have not kept them either . Sticking them on a nice car or other nice vehicle wouldn't appeal to me so without the TX box idea I wouldn't have kept them .
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A couple thoughts to keep the " goodwill thread " going, maybe expand to what we do if anything to keep our AMA cards from getting dirty, lost and such and maybe some pictures of models bearing our AMA numbers. The latter would be a good tool to let others know what it is each of us are fighting the FAA to preserve. I for one appreciate all forms of model aircraft and others workmanship.
Old 01-26-2020, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by speedracerntrixie View Post
A couple thoughts to keep the " goodwill thread " going, maybe expand to what we do if anything to keep our AMA cards from getting dirty, lost and such and maybe some pictures of models bearing our AMA numbers. The latter would be a good tool to let others know what it is each of us are fighting the FAA to preserve. I for one appreciate all forms of model aircraft and others workmanship.
Adding to your thought, a couple of photos of my GP Ryan STA from a few years back making use of AMA numbers and decals.



Old 01-27-2020, 10:03 AM
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I've tossed mine or never stuck em on anything. I never really considered having a AMA sticker a badge of honor.
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Originally Posted by mach5nchimchim View Post
I've tossed mine or never stuck em on anything. I never really considered having a AMA sticker a badge of honor.
Thank you for pointing that out , I don't think many folks would consider them a "badge of honor" . In my case it was more like a collecting of S&H green stamps kinda thing ....

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Originally Posted by init4fun View Post
In my case it was more like a collecting of S&H green stamps kinda thing ....
Oh my! We are getting old, aren’t we? 😉

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Considering S&H went out of business decades ago, you could say that. I remember my mother having a drawer full of S&H books plastered with stamps that she never got to use. What she wanted cost so many stamps that she never got close to what was needed before they went under
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We had a redemption center or store or something not too far growing up, I can remember going with books full of those things and helping pick out stuff to redeem them on.
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LOL I remember my mother not wanting to shop anywhere that didn't give out S&H green stamps. I also never considered my AMA card a badge of honor either, I always looked at it the same way I do my drivers license, something needed to participate. However, many other members have commented on my 5 digit number and I think it helps them to know I am someone they can approach for help.


Old 01-28-2020, 05:52 AM
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I do nothing with our flying AMA stickers but let them collect dust, but I'm proud to showcase these AMA stickers...



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Originally Posted by BarracudaHockey View Post
We had a redemption center or store or something not too far growing up, I can remember going with books full of those things and helping pick out stuff to redeem them on.
Yes I remember too. A paper bag full of stamp books, full, and you would have enough to get a hot pad. Or a church key can opener, Lol.

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Mine go straight in the trash.

One of the things that AMA should consider is sticking with ONE design that just changes the year. That way, long time members can build a "stack" of them in descending echelon form by putting the latest one on top of and slightly offset from the previous one. Easy to show how many years one has been a member since that is a source of pride for some (see example diagram).



One last advantage: It would save on design costs (don't spend manhours or money redesigning each year), and may well save on production costs as well.


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Old 03-06-2020, 05:39 AM
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Or they can just stop making them all together. No need for stickers to show how long anyone has been a member, your AMA number provides that info.
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Originally Posted by speedracerntrixie View Post
Or they can just stop making them all together. No need for stickers to show how long anyone has been a member, your AMA number provides that info.
If your audience is ONLY those who are already members, who recognize a low member number vs a high member number, you are right. On the other hand, if you're using them as sort of advertising, then the audience will not recognize the significance of a five digit member number vs a six digit member number ... because THEY'RE NOT MEMBERS ... in which case this might be worth while.

I defer to your exhaustive expertise about all things aviation, advertising, cost controls, managment, policy making, legal and regulatory, marketing, human behavior etc. ... because YOU are a five digit AMA demi-God, while the rest of us are mere mortals with six digit numbers.

One more thing ... given the minutes from the latest EC meeting, with lots of "...declining...", "...going down...", etc. (a 'picture' of financial health and good management), the sticker may be one easy one to put on the budgetary chopping block.

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Mine go straight in the trash.
And I really, really think the AMA should seriously consider revoking your membership for cause.

Not because you've spoken your mind, which should be the right of every member. Rather for conducting a social media campaign whose clear intention is the destruction of both the organization and the hobby.

JMO.
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And I really, really think the AMA should seriously consider revoking your membership for cause.

Not because you've spoken your mind, which should be the right of every member. Rather for conducting a social media campaign whose clear intention is the destruction of both the organization and the hobby.

JMO.
On one hand, some in these and other forums talk about how ineffective I am, nobody listens, etc. On the other hand, some seem to see me as a one-man wrecking crew, so dangerous that I have to be deplatformed and or expelled.

So which is it? I can't help but note that if one guy on social media is able to have such an impact worth of expulsion, then I that's all but an admission that the hobby and the organization are in such a weak position that it cannot weather attention. Cannot weather social media criticism, or cannot weather the facts.

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What a clown
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Originally Posted by franklin_m View Post
So which is it?
Your sense of self importance leads you to present a false choice. It's basically "conduct prejudicial." If a Naval officer had issues with an new program, or alleged misconduct on the part of his superiors; and took his case to the tabloids rather than addressing the matter "through channels"; his career would suffer accordingly. The military can and has court martialled individuals when such conduct was blatant enough.

You've stated the AMA is doing more harm than good, that the hobby is dying anyway, and the threat due to model airplanes is real. Right. Fine. Have the integrity to act on your convictions and get out. Do not sell your equipment; destroy it so no malefactor can buy it and commit mayhem with it.

If this is too much for you, at least have the decency not to use any FRIA that does not meet the standards you proposed for public access. Obey the limitations you would impose on others.

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