Satellites--What's Exciting, Today and Tomorrow!

Sign up early! Space is limited.

Sponsored by AMSAT & ARRL Field & Educational Services Department.

Just for you...learn what's new in the exciting Amateur Radio satellite world! Sign up for a fast-moving 5-hour workshop*  – all you need to get "on the birds," the 16 ham radio satellites now in orbit, including:

  Digital satellites that are bulletin boards (some with cameras)
  FM satellites you can work with an HT and hand-held antenna
  Low earth orbit SSB/CW "Easy Sats" on 2, 10 and 15 meters
  High altitude "DX" satellites such as AO-40 (P3D) and AO-10
  Amateur Radio on the International Space Station.

You'll learn each satellite’s equipment requirements (plus antennas, rotators, cable), how to be operational on AO-40, tracking satellites with your pc, operating protocol for each satellite, and where to get information from AMSAT, ARRL and the Web.

WHAT: Workshop…Satellites--What's Exciting, Today & Tomorrow!

WHO: Instructors Steve Bible, N7HPR and Larry Brown, W7LB

Steve Bible, N7HPR, has been involved with satellite communications since 1988. His first satellite QSO was on AO-13 and he has been active on various analog and digital satellites since. In 1994, Steve created the first World Wide Web Amateur Satellite Ground Station where Internet users could access messages from UO-22, KO-23, and KO-25. He's authored the satellite information web pages on the AMSAT web site; these are also in the ARRL Satellite Anthology books. He is the designer of the EasyTrak rotor/radio interface controller. Steve has many AMSAT responsibilities including Area Coordinator, Vice President Education Liaison and a member of AMSAT's Strategic Planning committee. He is Vice President of TAPR, a non-profit amateur radio research and development organization. He resides in Chandler, AZ and works for Microchip Technology, Inc. as a Principal Applications Engineer.

Larry Brown, W7LB, has been licensed since 1965 and first joined AMSAT in 1976. He finished his first satellite station in 1984 and became an AMSAT Area Coordinator in 1989. Larry assisted the P3D Digital Team primarily by leading the Error Detecting and Correcting (EDAC) Memory Module assembly team along with fabrication of the tantalum radiation shielding for P3D's digital modules. Current activities include running the Arizona 2M AMSAT net along with promoting satellite operations at hamfests and club meetings. He is the alternate Net Control for the 20M AMSAT International Information Net. His other major hobby is amateur astronomy. Larry lives in Tucson and works for Raytheon Missile Systems Company as a Principal Systems Engineer.

WHEN: Fri, Sept 7, 1PM(after lunch) to 6PM. Arrive early for handouts.

WHERE: ARRL Southwestern Division Convention. Arlington Room (1:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

HOW: Space is limited. To register, call/email/write Linda Mullally ([email protected]), 860-594-0292, at ARRL (225 Main-Newington CT 06111) before Sept 1.

$25 for ARRL members, $35 for non-members. You'll receive free lecture materials and 5 hours of practical information. You can also purchase ARRL Radio Amateur's Satellite Handbook, to read beforehand… ($22 + $6 UPS shipping/handling).

NOTE: Those attending all day earn 0.5 Continuing Education Units.

*This workshop is not included in your convention registration.

For more information please email
Linda Mullally.