[amsat-bb] ANS-054 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
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AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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In this edition:
* G. Gould Smith, WA4SXM Steps Down from AMSAT BoD, VP-User Services Positions
* Upcoming ARISS Contacts
* Upcoming Satellite DX
* 2014 Spring CubeSat Developers' Workshop Registration Now Open
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ANS-054 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 054.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
February 23, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
G. Gould Smith, WA4SXM Steps Down from AMSAT BoD, VP-User Services Positions
G. Gould Smith, WA4SXM of Knoxville, TN has resigned as an AMSAT Board of
Directors member as well as his position as
VP-User Services on the AMSAT Senior
Leadership Team. Gould notified AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW of his
decision via an e-mail that states in part, It is with deep regret that I must
resign my AMSAT positions of BoD member and VP of User Services. AMSAT has
played a major part in my life over the last 25 years; the incredible people
have made it such a great pleasure.
Gould has persevered despite chronic health issues, but recent severe medical
issues have precluded him from active participation in AMSAT for some time.
Gould noted, I had hoped that I would be able to
contribute this year, but that
hasn't worked out. The organization needs to have contributing people in these
In his reply to Goulds notification, Barry responded in part, I'm sorry to
receive your resignation; you have done so much for AMSAT over the years.
Under AMSAT By-Laws, the position of an AMSAT
board member who resigns is filled
by the First Alternate elected in the prior election. JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JWM
steps up as a board member as she was the first
runner up in the 2013 election
cycle. She will remain on the Board through the 2014 election cycle later this
summer, when this position will be open for election by the membership. The
VP-User Services position is currently open.
Gould has been an AMSAT member since 1989 and a life member since 1998. An
Advanced Class license holder, Gould became
immediately involved with AMSAT once
he joined, first as an Area Coordinator, then as a prolific writer of various
Guides that have been donated by Gould to AMSAT for publication.
Among the books written by Gould and updated each year include Decoding
Telemetry started in 1990 which later became The AMSAT-NA Digital Satellite
Guide in 1994 and published until 2008; The RS Satellite Operating Guide
published from 1993-1997 became the Analog Satellites Operating Guide in 1998
which in turn became the Getting Started in
Amateur Satellites in 2003. Getting
Started in Amateur Satellites has been updated each year, and AMSAT intends to
release a revised edition at the 2014 Dayton Hamvention with materials
contributed by various authors.
Adding to his considerable body of work for AMSAT, Gould became a member of the
AO-51 command team in 2006 after he wrote a book on the satellite in 2005.
AO-51 Development, Operation and Specifications described the satellites
construction, launch, experiments and hardware specifications.
Goulds writing has graced the pages of AMSAT JOURNAL over the years covering a
variety of topics as well a numerous papers presented at AMSATs Annual Space
Symposiums. Gould saw needs within the organization and filled them, such as
writing books that were useful to both newcomer and old hand alike.
As Director-Field Operations starting in 2004, Gould led a vibrant and
enthusiastic team of area coordinators who represent AMSAT at the local level,
giving club presentations, serving as Elmers, and representing AMSAT at local
hamfests. From 2005-2012, Gould also served as the Team Leader for AMSATs
participation at the Dayton Hamvention, including booth design and staffing,
developing support materials, and serving as a
forum speaker on various topics.
As VP-User Services starting in 2008, Goulds responsibilities broadened to
include the AMSAT Journal, AMSAT News Service, Electronic Services (including
the AMSAT website and electronic mail), Contests and Awards, as well as Field
Operations with team leaders assigned to each area reporting to Gould.
Gould was first elected by the membership to the AMSAT Board of Directors in
2008. As a BoD member he was actively engaged in
the strategic direction of the
organization, developing recommendations on improving communication with the
membership and educational outreach.
Gould also stepped forward to serve as Project Manager of SuitSat-2 in 2008
after it became clear that the program, started in 2006, needed additional
management direction. When the Russians decided to discard the Orlan Spacesuit
that was in storage on the ISS due to the need to clean house in 2009, the
Suitsat-2 program morphed into ARISSat-1, a spacecraft to be deployed from the
ISS. Goulds considerable dedication to the program was exemplified not only by
his ability to redirect the engineering team towards the successful redesign of
the spacecraft systems to be housed in its own structure, but his extensive
personal involvement in spacecraft testing and
integration in Orlando, FL in the
summer of 2010. The end result was delivery of the spacecraft to NASA in
October 2010 for transportation to Moscow and
successful deployment of ARISSat-1
from the ISS on 13 AUG 11. Gould helped to turn around a struggling program and
delivered a promised project to Russia for deployment.
The AMSAT Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team thank Gould for his
considerable accomplishments for AMSAT of the
past 25 years and wish him well as
he deals with his medical issues.
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Board of Directors for the above information]
Upcoming ARISS Contacts
A direct contact with students at Exploration
Place, Wichita, KS, USA via WØSOE
is a go for: Fri 2014-02-28 16:24:04 UTC 47 deg.
Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages
interactive environments, hands-on
experiences, Kansas largest domed theater the Boeing Dome Theater and
Planetarium imaginative spaces, and outdoor recreation, all located on a
20-acre site along the scenic Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Kansas. Find
more information at www.exploration.org,
Mueller Aerospace and Engineering Discovery Magnet Elementary is located in
Wichita, Kansas. Mueller became an aerospace and engineering magnet in 2008 and
received a federal grant in 2010 to support the magnet themes with new
curriculum, professional development, supplies and technology for teaching
aerospace and engineering with a STEM emphasis. It is the only aerospace magnet
in the state of Kansas and the first school in Kansas to identify itself as a
STEM magnet school.
The Wichita Amateur Radio Club, Inc., established in December, 1932, is
organized as a 501c3 Non Profit corporation. Its objectives and purposes are to
encourage the public to recognize the value of the amateur radio service and
enhance the voluntary noncommercial communication
service by providing emergency
and other useful communication; extend every amateur operators ability to
contribute to the advancement of the radio art;
improve the service by advancing
skills in the communication and technical areas; expand the number of trained
operators and technicians in the amateur radio corp, and enhance international
goodwill through amateur radio.
For this ARISS event these three entities are coming together to provide a
unique opportunity for the students to speak to
astronauts on board the ISS. The
contact would not be possible without technical assistance from the Wichita
Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Exploration Place has worked with Mueller Elementary
for several years on projects and is excited to once again provide this
opportunity with support from NASA.
A direct contact with students at Musashino Elementary School of Hamura-shi,
Hamura, Japan, via 8N1MA is a go for: Sat 2014-03-01 08:14:19 UTC 60 deg.
[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]
Upcoming Satellite DX
A team of operators from Mexico will activate XF1T on Isla Cocina,
Jalisco, Mexico (IOTA NA-189, Grid DK79) on HF, 6 meters and
satellites. The operation is scheduled between March 14 - 17.
The team includes XE2AU, XE2AI, XE2AMS, XE2AY, XE1REW, XE1AY,
XE1FAS, XE1KKK, and XE2AA. (information via Omar, XE1AO)
2014 Spring CubeSat Developers' Workshop Registration Now Open
11th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop with the theme of "The Edge of
Exploration" will be held April 23-25, 2014 in San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
Distinguished members of the CubeSat Community will gather, in company with
policy makers, government agency representatives, distinguished scientists, and
leading Academicians from all over the world, on
Wednesday 23 April 2014, in San
Luis Obispo, CA for an educative and though-provoking forum. In part with the
gathering, attendees are encouraged to reach out to their fellow CubeSat
researchers to build community collaboration.
The Cal Poly CubeSat Group has invited authors to present papers in all areas
pertaining to the topics of CubeSat development and mission research.
Papers have been submitted for the following sessions:
1) Education and Design Philosophy
2) University Missions
3) Science Missions
4) Launch Capabilities, Testing, and Simulation
5) Enabling Technologies for Subsystems/Payloads/Deployables
6) Communication & Power
California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo Advanced Technology
Laboratories Presentation Room
1 Grand Avenue, Building 7, San Luis Obispo, CA 93410, USA
Cal Poly CubeSat Group
1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93410, USA
Telephone 1 805 756 5087
cubesat.workshop at gmail.com
[ANS thanks Christopher Ray Halcon 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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