[amsat-dc] AMSAT-DC Meeting this Spring?

Kilroy, Patrick L. (GSFC-568.0) Patrick.L.Kilroy at nasa.gov
Mon Jan 5 16:57:26 PST 2009

Hi!  Do we want to hold an AMSAT-DC meeting 
this spring?  

At the meeting last year, I announced that 
perhaps the time is ripe to hold a workshop.  
Are we still game for this?  What fun!  

My suggestion is that we use the workshop to 
host three simultaneous groups (or three types 
of individuals working solo, if prefered, 
picking any one of the three to emphasize).  

One group or set of individuals will build a 
PICetSat II flight module from a kit of 
electronic parts on a small printed circuit 
board (hopefully under $100 each kit).  We 
would need a soldering iron and "optics" at 
each station even though no tiny SMT parts 
are planned to be used.  

See an example of the original PICetSat module 
at http://patkilroy.com/simsat/3/

Others would set up a simple ground station 
each, with a choice to work with the radio 
hardware (bring in radio, antenna and feedline) 
OR work on setting up the software (bring in a 
PC or laptop running Windows XPP) to decode 
the telemetry and to analyze it according to 
a set of instructions.  

Frequency: 433.920 MHz SSB.  

All instructions will be provided in 
advance to enhance preparation.  The event 
would be either one full day or two half 

At the end, we "launch" a module and copy 
the telemetry.  Perfect for beginners and 
advanced satellite users alike, all ultimately 
working together.  

The donation per individual will be the cost 
of kit (if desired) plus expenses (divided 
among participants) plus no more than $10 to 
the AMSAT-DC "sustenance" fund.  

I will be very busy finalizing the PICetSat II 
design and fabricating the PCBs over the next 
two months.  So, I will need more help than 
ever before in organizing such an event.  

o Can you help, as a worker?  In preparation 
of the workshop or during the workshop?  

o Would you attend, as an experimenter?  
Which group, one, two or three?  (Group One: 
Fabricating/testing/calibrating a flight unit; 
Two: setting up Ground station hardware; or 
Three: Ground station software.)  

Please RSVP e-mail to me if you would like to 
participate in a telecon one evening to ask 
questions and start planning for our meeting/

Until the more productive telecon, I will 
entertain basic discussion and basic QnA on 
this e-mail list.  


Thank you,

AMSAT Area Coordinator
Maryland-DC Area

Mr. Patrick L. Kilroy
Flight Systems Integration and Test (I&T)
Building 5, Mail Code 568
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771
Phone: 301-286-1984
E-mail: Patrick.L.Kilroy at nasa.gov
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