[eagle] Symposium -- call for papers and misc Eagle issues
wb4gcs at amsat.org
Tue Jun 26 07:18:58 PDT 2007
The second call for Symposium papers has been issued.
As I said a while back, it is EXTREMELY important that Eagle have a lot
to say and show at Symposium. Each TEAM should publish SOMETHING. I'd
prefer team leads to present, but anyone on the team is fine with me.
Or, if you have something to present, but can't make it, I'll do it, or
get someone to. (This is a last resort, I want the presentations to be
about what YOU are doing, not me. But I'd rather get the info out....)
Please get your abstracts in to Dan NOW, so he can start planning. To
that end, Tom Clark, has agreed to write, have peer reviewed and PUBLISH
IN THE PROCEEDINGS the collected thoughts regarding phased array.
We have advertised the ACP as a key part of Eagle, the PRIMARY payload
in the eyes of some. Yet, we've said little about it, since publishing
the minutes of the San Diego meeting, which was held a year ago. Now is
the time. We need to say a LOT about ACP: modulation schemes, digital
protocols, multiplexing techniques, link budgets (in terms of how many
watts I need on uplink, how big an antenna, and how good a preamp) etc.
Yes, much of that can be gleaned from the SD meeting, but much is not
yet defined. It's time to define it, and publish what is at least our
current thinking. At least one ACP presentation needs to be for the
general user, who is not a digital communications geek. We need to
convince him what ACP will do, the benefits to HIM, and why he should
buy the equipment when we make it available. Think of this one as a
sales pitch. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
Similarly, we need to publish some RESULTS from the power system
Juan Rivera has agreed to something on all the efforts and results of
the project Oscar team with the U-band RX. Juan, you and I have
corresponded about which topic, I sent you suggestions, please choos and
send in the abstract soonest. Writing the paper can come as it evolves.
Guys, this is important, please make the commitment and take a few
minutes to do the abstract. Dan needs it for planning, and Patti and
Kevin need it for purposes of marketing Symposium. They are working
hard on local educational connections, but that can only go so far
without at least a list of content.
I apologize for my low profile lately. The last two weeks have been
brutal at work, included a long trip to VA (spoke at a retirement, went
to a wedding, and happened to be in town when my grandson was born 5
weeks early), a 27 hour power outage (now have a 5500 watt generator)
and I did take time out for Field Day. I'm going to continue to be low
profile, as I leave in an hour or so for a meeting in DC which will be
gruelling. Back here Sunday, probably a day or so to recover, then back
in the saddle. Despite all this, I have managed to provide answers Juan
needed to continue working, and have corresponded with a couple of others.
Thanks for all your efforts. We are a few short months from Symposium,
please make the push.to publish. This is an opportunity we must fully
Thanks & 73,
wb4gcs at amsta.org
PS Grandson is fine, just tiny. He may even leave hospital this week.
A few photos at www.wb4gcs.org
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