Appreciate the comments, and the link to the UK version of amsat. To KO4MA, Your two "thoughts" make my point clear. Launching satellites and maintaining interest in satellite operations costs money, and a useful and attractive Website on the "flagship website" would probably go a long way to attracting some of the many new amateur operators entering the hobby. I have donated to the launch funds, but a proper attention to the site would attract new membership. If we acknowledge where the work needs to be done, we can do it. Can anyone here look at the currant Amsat NA site and state that they think we are going to attract the membership and funding to get more satellites launched? I don't think so... I know it is a great deal of work to make a quality website, but if you are trying to obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding, (just like grant writing) you show a "polished" finished proposal. the Amsat page is the "face" we show to new hobbyists AND potential donors.
-If you are an IT security expert, donate your time
-If you are not: Send Cash!
Yes, the new site is sparse. The problem is that the old site was cobbled together over years and fell to hackers because it was not built to modern security standards.
Most of the old satellite information pages are available from the WayBack Machine, using your search engine.
'Satellite Status" IS available at the AMSAT site using User Reports. A different format than we are used to, but perhaps more timely than the old page.
Cheers, bill (Fox-1 contributor)