[amsat-bb] Re: AMSAT-DC Meeting?

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Mon Mar 16 06:58:15 PDT 2009

> Hi all,
> Has any date been set for the AMSAT-DC meeting this spring? I did not see 
> anything on their web site.
> 73 de Doug KA8QCU

It was in the latest ANS bulletin:

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-074.04
AMSAT-DC Spring Workshop April 25

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 074.04
March 15, 2009
BID: $ANS-074.04

AMSAT-DC Area Coordinator Pat Kilroy, N8PK reports on plans for the
AMSAT-DC Workshop to be held on Saturday, April 25, at the NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

A small "simulated satellite" kit will be built, tested and operated
by individuals attending.  The completed kit, soon to be widely known
as a PICetSat II module, is a simple remote sensing unit that serves
as an expendable high-altitude small balloon payload.  It transmits
downlink telemetry on the 70 cm Amateur Radio band.

Other attendees will provide and configure radios, computers and
software needed to receive, decode and analyze the PICetSat II

Pat says, "The format of this year's workshop is an experiment unto
itself for the few AMSAT-DC subgroup of members who are attempting
to organize such an event for the first time."

He adds, "This workshop may prove to be a fine training opportunity
for one to learn the basics of the design, construction, testing,
calibrating and operating an earth-orbiting satellite.  All of this
in one long Saturday of fun!"

The planning sessions are being held each Thursday evening via a
toll-free telephone conference.  If you wish to help organize or
execute the workshop then contact Pat by e-mail for the details of
connecting with the group on the telecon at Patrick.L.Kilroy at nasa.gov
as soon as possible.

The cost of each kit will be determined soon, along with the admission
structure.  For example, being evaluated is $90 for a kit plus AMSAT
membership if one doesn't already have it.  The details of the
registration process, workshop procedures and the associated costs
are to follow in a later bulletin and on the AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DC web

[ANS thanks Pat Kilroy, N8PK for the above information]


73, Drew KO4MA 

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