[amsat-bb] ANS-096 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sat Apr 5 17:26:38 PDT 2014


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* Memorial Service for Anthony "Tony" J. Monteiro, AA2TX (SK) Scheduled
* W1AW/4 VA Young Operator Award
* Dayton Hotel Reservations
* Jerry Buxton, N0JY selected as AMSAT's VP-Engineering
* Steve Coy, K8UD joins the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors
* ARTSAT Project INVADER satellite Receives an OSCAR Number
* AMSAT Awards

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ANS-082 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 096.01
April 6, 2014
BID: $ANS-096.01

Memorial Service for Anthony "Tony" J. Monteiro, AA2TX (SK) Scheduled

AMSAT has been received word from the family of Tony Monteiro, AA2TX that a
service for Tony will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 4:00 PM at the North
Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist Church, 190 Academy Road, North
Andover, MA 01845.  During the service there will be an opportunities 
for people
to share their "Tony stories".  For individuals wishing to share their stories
via e-mail, they should be sent to remembertony2014 at gmail.com  They 
will be read
at the service.

AMSAT VP-Engineering and BoD member Tony Monteiro of North Andover, MA passed
away on March 26, 2014 at age 55 from cancer.  A special ANS Bulletin was
released on March 28th which alerted amateurs around the world of Tony's

[ANS thanks Martha at the AMSAT Office for the above information]


W1AW/4 VA Young Operator Award

When the W1AW/4 VA operates the birds on April 8, 10. and 11, K4AMG
will offer a special certificate four young ham radio operators 19 and

This certificate will be free.  To qualify for this certificate just
send your QSL card to:

W1AW/4 VA / K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club
721 Wood Duck Lane
Chesapeake, VA 23323

Contact info will be W1AW/4  VA K4AMG.

If you want you may email your picture operating your SAT station for
the K4AMG.org home page

This is a free bonus for young hams.  We will be honored to send you
this free certificate prepared by our WEB MASTER WA9KFB.

To receive your W1AW/4 VA credit in the ARRL 100th Celebration follow
the standard ARRL procedures.

[ANS thanks Rich, W4BUE, for the above information]


Dayton Hotel Reservations

This year, AMSAT has reserved a block of rooms for the Dayton Hamvention at the
Fairborn Country Inns and Suites at a special group rate.  These rooms will be
handled through the AMSAT office, rather then directly with the hotel.
Preference will be given to those volunteering for a significant time for the
AMSAT Booth operations.

While the cutoff date for group rate reservations is April 24th, 2014, most of
the rooms in our block have already been taken.  If you want a room at the
special AMSAT rate, call Martha ASAP (As Soon As Possible)!

The hotel is conveniently located, with a good light breakfast.  Many of the
AMSAT officers and others who are active in AMSAT will be staying 
there. You can
catch up on old friendships, and bend people's ear.  It is also a 
great place to
catch a ride to and from the Hara Arena and other venues from those who have
driven or rented vehicles.

Please CALL the office to give Martha your name and credit card number.  From
the US call toll free at (888) 322-6728.  From all other locations call (301)

[ANS thanks Steve, N9IP, for the above information]


Jerry Buxton, N0JY selected as AMSAT's VP-Engineering

In a special AMSAT Board of Directors meeting held via GoToMeeting on Tuesday,
April 1st, the board unanimously approved the selection of Jerry 
Buxton, N0JY of
Granbury, TX as AMSAT VP-Engineering.  Jerry replaces Tony Monteiro, AA2TX who
passed away on March 26th.

Given the significance of completing Fox-1 for delivery on time later 
this year,
the Board recognized that the Fox Program must continue under 
leadership that is
focused on completing AMSAT's latest satellite.  Selecting a new VP-Engineering
is an important step towards maintaining the momentum that was developed under
Tony's leadership and to avoid creating an engineering  leadership vacuum as
work continues on the satellite.  The Engineering Team deserves to have the new
leadership identified in order to be in position to make the appropriate
engineering decisions.

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW notes, "Jerry is well qualified to become
our new VP-Engineering.  His overall knowledge of the Fox-1 program as Systems
Engineer under Tony Monteiro coupled with his professional experience in
managing complex technical projects will put AMSAT's engineering programs in
good hands.  Just as important, his management experience and ability to lead
engineering teams is critical as our volunteers work hard to deliver the
satellite to Cal Poly later this year."

Jerry has been involved with the AMSAT Fox-1 Project as Systems Engineer since
September 2011.  Recently retired following a 39 year career with Burlington
Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, he spent the last 13 years of his career
working with the railroad's train dispatching systems.  These systems are used
to control train traffic over approximately 32,000 miles of track, in a manner
similar to air traffic control.  Jerry served as project manager as well as
participating in the design and development of safety-critical train 
routing and
movement instruction systems, and positive train separation technology.  He
successfully implemented several mission critical systems in his role as Senior
Manager, Network Control Systems and was awarded "Employee of the Year" along
with others involved in the Train Management and Dispatch System Project, in

Jerry became involved in amateur radio satellites with AO-7 and joined AMSAT in
April 1983.   He currently holds an Extra Class  License and is also 
licensed in
Colombia, S.A. as HK5JY.  An active amateur, Jerry was number 3 in 
the world for
the number of telemetry frames copied from ARISSat-1.  He is also active on
terrestrial HF through 1.2 GHz.

"My promotion to Vice President, Engineering is both a humbling honor and a
great challenge", notes Jerry.   "Tony did much of the work and built an
excellent Team of hard working volunteers to design and build AMSAT-NA's first
CubeSat.  I have every confidence that the Fox-1 Team will complete and deliver
a reliable satellite that will reflect well on Tony's legacy."

The March/April issue of AMSAT JOURNAL will have more information concerning
AMSAT's new VP-Engineering.

[ANS thanks AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, for the above information]


Steve Coy, K8UD joins the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors

Steve Coy, K8UD of Beavercreek, OH has assumed the seat on the AMSAT Board of
Directors formerly held by Tony Monteiro, AA2TX. Steve was originally 
elected by
the AMSAT membership as a Board 'alternate' in the 2013 BoD election and will
hold a voting seat through the next BoD election that takes place later this

[ANS thanks Martha at the AMSAT Office for the above information]


ARTSAT Project INVADER satellite Receives an OSCAR Number

The following was received from Bill Tynan, W3XO, AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number

The ARTSAT Project, INVADER satellite meets all of the qualifications necessary
to receive an OSCAR number.
I therefore designate the ARTSAT Project INVADER satellite, Cubesat OSCAR-77 or
CO-77. Thus CO-77 joins
the earlier Japanese cubesats such as XI-IX(CO-57), XI-V(CO-58), Cute-I(CO-55),

Congratulations to you and the entire ARTSAT team for the launch and
operation of Amateur Radio satellite, CO-77. May its mission be a
successful one.

[ANS thanks Bill, W3XO, for the above information]


AMSAT Awards

The following have entered into the Satellite Communicators Club for making
their first satellite QSO.

Alan Ehrenberg, N9EDV
Benjamin Gaston, KV4RH
Scott Medbury, KD5FBA
Doug Birky, KB8M
Richard Manderski, W2SKI
Eric Stapleton, VA7TU

The following have earned the AMSAT Communications Achievement Award.

Richard Manderski, W2SKI, #562

The following have earned the South Africa Satellite Communications 

Richard Manderski, W2SKI, #US190

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org or

ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO, for the above information]


In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership

This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

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