[amsat-dc] AMSAT-DC Workshop Saturday, April 25, in Greenbelt, Md
Kilroy, Patrick L. (GSFC-5680)
patrick.l.kilroy at nasa.gov
Thu Mar 5 12:11:04 PST 2009
AN AMSAT-DC WORKSHOP will 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 telemetry.
The workshop is an experiment unto itself
for the sponsoring AMSAT-DC group. 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 in one long
Saturday of fun!
HELP IS NEEDED
The workshop planning team meets weekly
on Thursday evenings via a telephone
conference. If you wish to help organize
and/or execute the workshop then there may
still be time to hop aboard if you are
quick. Contact me by e-mail for the
details of connecting with the group on
the telecom at pat.kilroy at nasa.gov. We
need another experienced soldering and
construction helper or two, a photographer,
a videographer, and several "Go-fers" to
name a few.
Because of the workshop's experimental
nature, the size is designed to be small
in attendance this inaugural year. It
will be an exclusive opportunity to
AMSAT members, new and old alike.
On Sunday, March 16, we expect to
release details on the attendance
application process and donation. Watch
for information about the workshop via
the AMSAT News Service (ANS) bulletins,
the AMSAT-DC e-mail list, and the local
AMSAT-DC web page.
More info to follow later. Thank you
for your patience on this subject.
AMSAT Area Coordinator
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-011.03
AMSAT-DC Spring Satellite Workshop Seeks Members for Mission Teams
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 011.03
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
January 11, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
If you find yourself in the Baltimore-Washington DC area this
spring you may be interested in learning more and participating
in an AMSAT-DC workshop which simulates building, testing, launch-
ing, and receiving signals from an Amateur Radio satellite.
AMSAT Area Coordinator for the Maryland-DC area, Pat Kilroy, N8PK
is proposing such a workshop for the 2009 AMSAT-DC Meeting and
Space Seminar. This meeting is historically held in early spring at
or near the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
Pat is proposing individuals and groups of Amateur Radio operators
form teams who compete at this AMSAT-DC workshop to create and
operate a satellite mission.
The first groups will build a PICetSat II flight module from a kit
of electronic parts on a small printed circuit board. You can see
an example of the original PICetSat module at:
The second groups will set up simple satellite ground stations to
operate on 433.920 MHz SSB. These team members need to provide a
radio, antenna, and feedline for the 70 cm band.
The third groups will be in charge of setting up and loading soft-
ware in the computers at the ground stations to decode the telemetry
and to analyze it according to a set of instructions.
This event will be perfect for beginners and advanced satellite
users alike, all ultimately working together to "launch" the flight
module, receive the downlink, and decode the telemetry. Instructions
will be provided in advance of the event to enhance preparation.
Pat notes he needs volunteer help to plan and organize this event.
A couple of dedicated individuals are needed immediately to start
the plans to lock in the workshop meeting space, advertise the event,
to do the footwork needed to process participant applications, and
to assure one set of radio and computer stations are on hand and
ready at the start of the workshop. To volunteer contact Pat at his
e-mail address: n8pk at amsat.org as soon as possible. Pat will convene
a conference call for all interested participants to finalize the
Workshop details with the volunteers.
Pat requests that interested amateur radio operators RSVP to him via
e-mail n8pk at amsat.org and indicate which group you will be most inter-
ested in working with. The cost of the Workshop is still "TBD" to cover
the materials and meeting space. Those choosing the PICetSat II will
keep their completed project.
[ANS thanks Pat, N8PK for the above information]
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2009 09:43:37 -0600
From: Patrick.L.Kilroy at nasa.gov
Subject: [amsat-dc] AMSAT-DC Workshop Planning Starts
Hi! We must start the planning sessions for
the next AMSAT-DC gathering. If you would like
to join us then please send me an RSVP e-mail
soon. I will respond to you with the call-in
Our first planning session will take place next
week, via telecon, likely on Thursday evening at
7:00 PM EST. I hope it will last less than a
half-hour, certainly no more than 45 minutes.
The first agenda item will be to discuss the
location and date of the all-day event.
You may check the local AMSAT web page at
http://patkilroy.com/amsat-dc to refresh your
memory on what I propose to take shape for
this workshop in place of the "old" seminar
type of meetings that we held in the past.
Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!
AMSAT Area Coordinator
Mr. Patrick L. Kilroy
Flight Systems Integration and Test (I&T)
Building 5, Mail Code 568
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771
E-mail: Patrick.L.Kilroy at nasa.gov
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