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[jamsat-news:2492] ANS-132 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins


ANS is a free, weekly, news and information service of AMSAT North America, The
Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS 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 satellites.

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In this edition:
* AMSAT Engineering Teams and Raffle at Dayton
* Dayton AMSAT/TAPR Banquet ticket sales close 12 May
* AMSAT Board of Directors Nominations
* Ronald A. Parise, WA4SIR, SK
* 5th Annual Cubesat Summer Workshop
* ARISS Status - 5 May 2008

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AMSAT Engineering Teams and Raffle at Dayton

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 132.01
May 11, 2008
BID: $ANS-132.01

Representatives from the AMSAT Engineering teams will be available to talk with
you about their projects at the 2008 Dayton 
Hamvention. All of the teams are looking for
dedicated individuals that would like to 
participate. The AMSAT Engineering area will occupy booths
444-445 adjacent to the other AMSAT booths 446-449.

We have the entire row this year.

  Michelle, W5NYV   0900 - 1200  ACP Ground segment
  Matt,     N2MJI   1300-1500, 1600-1700  ACP satellite segment

  Tom, K3IO  1000-1100, 1200-1300, 1400-1500
  Lou, W5DID 1100-1200, 1300-1400, 1600-1700

P3E & Phase 4
  Rick, W2GPS 1100-1200, 1300-1400, 1500-1600

  Barry, WD4ASW 1400-1500, 1700-1800

Digital encoding
  Phil, KA9Q   1000-1200, 1500-1600


  Michelle, W5NYV   1300 - 1600  ACP Ground segment
  Matt,     N2MJI   1300-1500, 1600-1700  ACP satellite segment

  Tom, K3IO  1200-1300, 1600-1700
  Lou, W5DID 1300-1600

P3E & Phase 4
  Rick, W2GPS 1300-1400, 1500-1600

  Barry, WD4ASW 1200-1300, 1400-1500

Digital encoding
  Phil, KA9Q   1200-1300, 1400-1500


  Tom, K3IO  0900-1000
  Lou, W5DID 1000-1100

  Barry, WD4ASW 1000-1200

P3E & Phase 4
  Rick, W2GPS 1000-1100

  Barry, WD4ASW 1000-1200


Raffle for complete LVB Tracker Box

We will have a raffle for a complete LVB Tracker Box, donated by David Bern,
W2LNX. The tickets will be $5 apiece.  The 
drawing will be held Saturday afternoon at
1700. Come by the AMSAT booth and enter the raffle.

We will also have a limited number of complete Tracker boxes available at the
booth, first come first serve.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM, for the above information]


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Dayton AMSAT/TAPR Banquet ticket sales close 12 May

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 132.02
May 11, 2008
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AMSAT/TAPR Banquet ticket sales close at noon Monday, 12 May 2008

Tickets for the joint AMSAT/TAPR Banquet on Friday night, 16 May in Dayton will
close at noon EDT Monday, 12 May 2008.  You can 
call Martha at the AMSAT office (888) 322-6728 (in
the US) or from all other locations call (301) 
589-6062 to purchase your ticket.  Or you can
send an email to martha@amsat.org with you 
telephone number and she will call you to take the
credit card information.  Don't miss out on this popular event.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM, for the above information]


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AMSAT Board of Directors Nominations

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 132.03
May 11, 2008
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It is time to submit nominations for the upcoming open seats on
the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors.  A nomination requires either
one Member Society or 5 current individual members to nominate
an AMSAT member for the position.  A director serves for a period
of two years.  Three director's terms expire this year:  Tom
Clark K3IO, Lou McFadin W5DID,  Bob McGwier N4HY.  Nominations
must be in writing and mailed to:  AMSAT, 850 Sligo Ave #600,
Silver Spring, MD 20910. They can arrive no later than June 12,

[ANS thanks Martha for the above information]


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Ronald A. Parise, WA4SIR, SK

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 132.04
May 11, 2008
BID: $ANS-132.04

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of a great friend,
colleague and fellow ham radio operator.  Dr. Ronald A. Parise, WA4SIR, left
this Earth today, Friday May 9, 2008 after a very long and courageous battle
with cancer.

Ron Parise was--and continues to be--an inspiration to countless students,
ham radio operators, and friends the world over.  His accomplishments were
many, including:  space explorer, pioneer, astrophysicist, pilot, ham radio
operator, avionics and software expert, inspirational speaker and motivator,
student satellite mentor, husband, father, and friend.  While he certainly
did some truly extraordinary things in his lifetime, Ron Parise is best
known and cherished for keeping family and friends first©¬nd for this, we
will miss him most.

Ron flew as a payload specialist on two Space Shuttle missions: STS-35 on
the Space Shuttle Columbia in December 1990 and STS-67 on the Space Shuttle
Endeavour in March 1995.  These two missions, called ASTRO-1 & 2
respectively, carried out Ultraviolet and X-ray astronomy observations.  He
logged over 614 hours and 10.6 million miles in space.  Ron and his crew
members on ASTRO-1 became the first astronomers to operate a telescope from
space, making hundreds of observations during the mission.  His personal
contributions to these two missions have provided scientists with an
unprecedented view of our universe, expanding our understanding of the
birth, life and death of stars and galaxies.

Ron was also the ultimate ham radio operatorÕ n space and on the ground.
First licensed when he was 11, Ron kept the amateur radio hobby at the
forefront of everything he didÕ ncluding his operations from space.  During
his two Space Shuttle flights, he talked to hundreds of hams on the ground,
giving new meaning to the phrase the Ň÷ltimate DX-pedition  He was
instrumental in guiding the development of a simple ham radio system that
could be used in multiple configurations on the Space Shuttle.  As a result,
his first flight on STS-35 ushered in the Ň«requent flyerera of the
Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) payload.  He was the first ham in
space to operate packet radio.  And his flight pioneered the telebridge
ground station concept to enable more schools to talk to Shuttle crew
members despite time and orbit constraints.  In his two shuttle flights, he
inspired countless students to seek technical careers and he created
memories at the schools and communities that will never be forgotten.

Ron√‘ love for the amateur radio hobby and his love of inspiring students
continued well beyond his two Shuttle flights.  During the formation of the
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, Ron was a
tremendous resource to the newly forming international team.  I know of many
instances where Ron√‘ wisdom and sage advice was instrumental in helping our
international team resolve issues when we reached critical technical or
political roadblocks.  And he was a key volunteer in the development of the
ham radio hardware systems that are now on-board ISS.  The ARISS team is
deeply indebted to WA4SIR for his leadership, technical advice and
tremendous vision.

Ron worked hand-in-hand with the students at the Naval Academy and
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on the development of their student
satellites.  He helped develop Radio JoveÕ¬ student educational project to
listen to the radio signals emanating from Jupiter.  And he spoke at
numerous schools over the years, inspiring them to pursue careers in
science, math and technology.

I feel blessed to have had Ron as a friend, colleague, ham buddy and mentor.
He gave so much, cheerfully, to our collective hobby and was always there
with the right answer no matter the topic.  I will miss him dearly.

In an effort to continue Ron√‘ tireless work to inspire the next generation,
the Parise family has set up a scholarship fund in Ron√‘ honor.  The
scholarship is for students pursuing technical degrees at Youngtown State
University, where Ron received his Bachelors of Science degree.  In lieu of
flowers, those interested are welcome to send donations to the Dr. Ronald A.
Parise Scholarship Fund, Youngstown State University, One University Plaza,
Youngstown, Ohio 44555.

On behalf of AMSAT and the ARISS International team, I would like to extend
our collective condolences to the Parise family and to all Ron√‘ friends.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

And to Ron Parise, WA4SIR SK:   Our sincerest 73's and 88's©őay your
exploration spirit live on in us all!!

[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO, for the above information]


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5th Annual Cubesat Summer Workshop

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 132.05
May 11, 2008
BID: $ANS-132.05

The 5th annual Cubesat summer workshop for 2008 is fast approaching.

Once again, the CubeSat Summer Workshop will be held the weekend before the
annual Small Satellite Conference at the campus of Utah State University in
Logan, Utah, USA. This is yet another opportunity for CubeSat developers
from all over the world to get together to share ideas and knowledge gained
from developing picosatellites. Speakers, discussion panels, and group
sessions provide valuable insight and networking opportunities for all range
of developers. Visit www.cubesat.org for registration and details (the
Summer Workshop 2008 section is currently under construction and will be

If you have something to share with the CubeSat community? We are constantly
looking for speakers and presentations that will inspire and support
developers. If you are interested in presenting at the upcoming Summer
Workshop, submit abstracts  to us by visiting www.cubesat.org. Deadlines are
posted below.

*CubeSat Developers' Summer Workshop 2008*
August 9th 10th

Utah State University
Logan, Utah USA

Registration Deadline: August 1st, 2008
Abstract Submittal Deadline: June 20th, 2008
Abstract Acceptance Notification: July 4th, 2008

[ANS thanks Bryan for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 5 May 2008

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 132.06
May 11, 2008
BID: $ANS-132.06

1. ARISS Space Day Contact Successful

On Saturday, May 3, the National Air and Space 
Museum (NASM) in Washington, D.C.
participated in Space Day 2008, celebrating the 50th anniversary of NASA and
NASA√‘ achievements through space exploration. Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation (AMSAT) and Amateur Radio on the 
International Space Station (ARISS)
members manned an activity station during the event. A highlight of the event
was an ARISS contact made possible through the assistance of telebridge station
NN1SS in Greenbelt, Maryland.  Thirty questions were put to Garrett Reisman,
KE5HAE, live, by ten children as approximately 200 gathered in the gallery. The
audio was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101 377) and JK1ZRW (277 208) Conference
Room servers and received 25 connections. It was also fed into the IRLP
Discovery Reflector 9010, receiving 4 connections from Canada and the U.S.
Additionally, the event was taped by the NASM staff. Space Day draws crowds of
thousands annually.

2. Astronaut Training Status

Bob Thirsk, VA3CSA, participated in a successful Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) training session on Thursday, May 1.  He
answered questions posed to him by students at the Cedarview Middle School in
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Expedition 19 back-up crew member Chris Hadfield, KC5RNJ/VA3OOG, also attended
an ARISS operations training session on Friday, May 2.

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, 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 additional benefits. Application forms are
available from the AMSAT Office.

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

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA