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SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-137.06 AMSAT-DC Workshop Successful Weekend AMSAT News Service Bulletin 137.06 > From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD. May 17, 2009 To All RADIO AMATEURS BID: $ANS-137.06 The AMSAT-DC Workshop Co-Hosts, Pat Kilroy, N8PK, and Bruce Semple, WA3SWJ, reported on the outcome of their new approach. The 2009 AMSAT-DC Workshop was held April 25 as planned. It was held in place of the annual spring "AMSAT-DC Meeting and Space Seminar" of previous years. Pat wrote, "As voted by acclamation at last year's meeting our vision was to try something 'new and different.' And, ... What a great day ... for education, for AMSAT and for NASA!" "The workshop was not without its scrapes, cuts and bruises. After all, it was an experiment unto itself, in part to see how well such an event might "take" in the mid-Atlantic USA region before attempting to emerge beyond. In the all-day event, a total of five individuals participated and three flight modules were built. We had humble beginnings, indeed. "A follow up session is in the planning stage. (We didn't have enough time to complete some troubleshooting and to start the calibration procedure on each module.) We will meet at NASA GSFC again in the next month or two -- this time, instead of in a huge cushy conference room serving as our 'fab lab', it will be inside a real space flight hardware laboratory -- to calibrate the PICetSat II flight sensors. Would you like to participate in a calibration session? Even if you missed the workshop, you are welcome to "finish the job" with us! The session(s) are free, but slots are VERY limited. Current AMSAT membership is required, and an advanced RSVP is required for security purposes. Contact Pat by e-mail (email@example.com) if you are interested in participating. After the next AMSAT-DC planning telecon (to be held within the next two weeks) Pat will release the calibration date(s) and time. Please share the excitement. Please pass the word. What a great day for education and outreach. And fun! [ANS thanks the AMSAT-DC guys - Pat Kilroy, N8PK, and Bruce Semple, WA3SWJ, for the above information.] /EX
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-095.07 AMSAT-DC Spring Workshop Open for Registration AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.07 >From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD. April 5, 2009 To All RADIO AMATEURS BID: $ANS-095.07 Greetings from the AMSAT-DC planning committee! The 2009 AMSAT-DC meeting this year will be held on Saturday, April 25, at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. This year we have a [day long] series of workshops organized around the building, testing, and operating of a small simulated satellite kit. 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 70cm Amateur Radio band. One group will construct the PICetSat II module kits. Another group will assemble a ground station which involves providing and configuring radios, computers, and software needed to receive, decode, and analyze the PICetSat II telemetry. If you plan on attending, [note the requirements and] choose one of the following options: (1) PICetSat II module builder (Room for only 10 participants) * Current AMSAT membership * Admission $90.00 (pre-paid) * Bring a 25-watt pencil iron, holder, sponge, and your eye glasses if needed * You take your completed "flight ready" module home with you! (2) Ground Station Component Provider (Transceiver or Computer) to "share" during the workshop * Current AMSAT membership * Admission $20.00 (pre-paid) [* Bring one of the following two component sets:] * Transceiver (Room for only 3 participants) + Covers down to 433 MHz FM & SSB + Tunes in 1 kHz resolution or better + Audio cable (xcvr audio out) with 1/8-inch stereo end for computer + A "simple" 70cm antenna, for example a random wire, dummy load, or an "Arrow" antenna on a camera tripod * Computer (Room for only 3 participants) + XP [Pro] operating system + MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) or OPEN Office + Willingness to install the PICetSat II software suite (to be provided on CD-R on April 25) + DB-9 Serial port connection, or a proven USB to DB-9 converter + Soundcard with 1/8-in stereo input that accepts an audio line-level signal + WiFi "G", optional but recommended (3) General Admission (10 slots available) * Current AMSAT membership * Admission $40.00 (pre-paid) (4) AMSAT VIPs * AMSAT Lifetime Membership * Admission = FREE To sign up, contact Martha at the AMSAT-NA office (301-589-6062) with your preference (Satellite Builder, Ground Station Component Provider indicating computer or transceiver, General Admission, or AMSAT VIP), fee payment, and your contact information. Direct any technical questions to the event coordinators. Event Coordinators: Pat Kilroy, N8PK (Patrick.L.Kilroy@nasa.gov) Bruce Semple, WA3SWJ (firstname.lastname@example.org) Slots are limited. First come, first served. YOUR RESPONSES AND ADMISSION ARE REQUIRED TO MARTHA BEFORE: 5:00pm EDT Wednesday, April 16, 2009. [ANS thanks Patrick Kilroy, N8PK and Bruce Semple, WA3SWJ for the above information] /EX
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-074.04 AMSAT-DC Spring Workshop April 25 AMSAT News Service Bulletin 074.04 >From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD. March 15, 2009 To All RADIO AMATEURS BID: $ANS-074.04 AMSAT-DC Area Coordinator Pat Kilroy, N8PK reports on plans for the AMSAT-DC Workshop to 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. Pat says, "The format of this year's workshop is an experiment unto itself for the few AMSAT-DC subgroup of members who are attempting to organize such an event for the first time." He adds, "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 of this in one long Saturday of fun!" The planning sessions are being held each Thursday evening via a toll-free telephone conference. If you wish to help organize or execute the workshop then contact Pat by e-mail for the details of connecting with the group on the telecon at Patrick.L.Kilroy@nasa.gov as soon as possible. The cost of each kit will be determined soon, along with the admission structure. For example, being evaluated is $90 for a kit plus AMSAT membership if one doesn't already have it. The details of the registration process, workshop procedures and the associated costs are to follow in a later bulletin and on the AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DC web pages. [ANS thanks Pat Kilroy, N8PK for the above information] /EX
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 BID: $ANS-011.03 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, launching, 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: http://patkilroy.com/simsat/3/ 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 software 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate which group you will be most interested 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] /EX
Clip and share! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 2008 AMSAT-DC MEETING AND SPACE SEMINAR WHO: YOU are invited! Ham radio operators, students, educators and the public are all invited. WHAT: Talks, demos, tutorials and socializing about amateur satellites and high-altitude balloon experiments in the greater mid-Atlantic USA area. A full day of activities! WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 2008, starting at 11:00 A.M. local. WHERE: Historical Electronics Museum (HEM) at 1745 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, Maryland 21090 (near BWI airport). In Pioneer Hall. HEM directions at http://www.hem-usa.org/ WHY: Fun, education, public service, training, cool stuff, and more fun. No RSVP needed except for speakers and volunteers. HOW: Talk-in on 146.760 MHz (107.2 Hz PL on some receiver sites) HOST: Pat Kilroy, email@example.com or Patrick.L.Kilroy@nasa.gov WEB: Check the AMSAT-DC page http://patkilroy.com/amsat-dc/ for late breaking news. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The AMSAT-DC-2008 flier is now available here!
The AMSAT-DC 2008 Agenda is now available here!NOTES:
More demos are sought. Do you have a piece of hardware that
you built, software you wrote, an article of interest you wrote, any
photos you took, or have an activity (done or to propose) that you
would share with the group? Please do!
OUR NUMBER ONE REQUEST
Help boost attendance! Can you help spread the word for us? Bring
a friend, tell a teacher, personally invite someone, talk it up on a net,
or distribute fliers? Hand out fliers at a club meeting and a hamfest?
Can you post the "clip 'n' share" notice (above) to an e-mail list?
Could you come to help at one of the set ups? One set up will be in
the late afternoon on the day before and the other will be about an
hour before the start of the meeting. We wish to start on time!
Can you stay a few minutes late to help clean up?
We will have a POT LUCK luncheon this year! Can you bring a
crock pot, a platter, a salad, a dessert, some munchies, or some
drink to share?
These items, above and below, are being coordinated on the amsat-dc
e-mail list. If you don't make your help known in advance then we must
assume that the task will NOT GET DONE. Thank you for your support!
LIST OF TASKS (persons needed) -- person volunteering
1. Speakers/presenters (6) -- Your name here.
2. Show 'n' Tell Demos (6-12) -- YOUR NAME HERE.
3. Museum tour guides (2) -- Your name here.
4. Greeters (3) for registration table, sign-in, name badges, etc.
5. Advertisers (100) -- Every person.
6. Meeting Go-fer (2) -- Your name here.
7. Talk-in (8 AM - 11 AM) -- YOUR NAME HERE.
8. Talk-in (11 AM - 1 PM) -- YOUR NAME HERE.
9. Photographers (2 more) -- Your name here.
10. Video (2) w light, sound & editing as needed -- Your name here.
11. Notes/minutes (2) -- Your name here.
12. Time keeper (1)
13. Food/drink (40) "Pot Luck" fashion!
14. Set up (4)
15. Clean up (4)
16. Refreshment table keeper (1)
17. Lunch planner (1)
18. Sign maker and poster (2) for parking and welcome.
19. Bring a bright LCD projector (1) -- Your name here.
20. Obtain door prizes and determine ways of winning. -- Your names here.
Our local AMSAT group joined forces with AMSAT members in the Maryland
Eastern Shore area, with NASA, and with the US Navy Academy to initiate
young students to the excitement of amateur satellites by flying the kids'
homemade electronic modules on balloons.
Click here for the whole long-winded story.
LOOK UNDER the SimSat-3 mission results, then the CricketSat results links.
We had one of the best meetings to date. But we need photos or notes
on it. Help!!!
WE MADE A BIG SPLASH involving kids with the SuitSat experiment,
even if some say the original SuitSat results were not quite stellar.
Click here for the play by play description.
We had a pretty good meeting in 2006! But Pat Kilroy has no photos or
other notes or information on hand. Please donate your memories!
WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME at the 2005 meeting! Click here for the results.
Follow this link years back, to the 2004 meeting and its results.
We had some pretty good stuff going on, at least back to 1994 when we
played host to the AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting and Space Symposium at
the Intelsat Building in downtown Washington, D.C. We need photos and
information to post here. Please contact Pat Kilroy and offer him items to
For more information, contact:
Mr. Patrick L. Kilroy
NASA GSFC Code 568
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