For those of you who are attending the Symposium there is a new
feature we are going to try this year called BOFS - Birds Of a
Feather Sessions. BOFS are generally free-form meetings that are
held after-hours and may be called by anyone wishing to start a
discussion group. They have been common at software conferences I've
gone to in the past and were very popular. An example of a BOF for
the AMSAT Symposium might be to start a discussion about
I have set aside two rooms (one holding 12 people, another holding
20) beginning at 6pm on Friday evening.
The procedure is pretty straightforward:
1) Develop a title for your BOF - say "Homebrew Groundstation Antennas"
2) Estimate the amount of time you would like for your BOF - BOFS
usually last 30 minutes or an hour
3) Go to the registration desk and tell someone there that you want
to start a BOF. They will give you a flip-chart sized (2 foot by 3
foot) Post-It note and assign you a room and time.
4) Write your title, time and room on the large Post-It note and tack
it on the wall outside of the Symposium meeting room.
And that's it!
N1DID formerly W0EEC - CM87tm
Support Project OSCAR - http://www.projectoscar.net
Just wanted to add my congratulations to the Board and the Eagle managers
and design team for the decisions on what to put into the bird. They look
like excellent choices that will provide much fun for many.
I introduced a friend to the world of amateur satellites today.
He was very pleased/impressed to also have a QSO ( Thanks Ib)
Mike is now trying to decide which transceiver to purchase, as
per the title.
I have owned/used both, but Mike would prefer some other
Mike wants and all in one box. No argument.
What do you think ?
Any major reasons to choose one over the other ?
Mike is aware of the annoying UHF harmonics on the TS2000.
AMSAT UK 5766
ANDE-MAA is alive and well. We have been communicating with her today, and signals are comparable to PCSAT-1. I even activated the voice synthesizer for a test today. Here is the good news from Cheyenne Mountain:
> Just wanted to give you an update for our tracking of
> ANDE. It appears as if we are currently tracking five
> pieces from the ANDE deployment. SCC# 29663 is still
> the ID on record and we have built four additional
> analyst satellites with the remaining tracks.
> The pieces are separating quite nicely, but we're
> waiting on a couple additional SSN sensors tracks before
> we catalog the remaining pieces. I'll try to pass along
> SCC ID numbers for the other four pieces as soon
> as I have been informed.
Bob Bruninga, Wb4APR
US Naval Academy Satellite Lab