I was at the AMSAT Symposium many years ago and saw Frank make his introductory demonstration of InstanTrack. Of course, everyone in the room was blown away. Many of us were still using cardboard OSCAR Locators at the time! He was an innovator and patient teacher. It was fun to meet him, and I used his program for many years. RIP
Mark D. Johns, KØJM
AMSAT Ambassador & News Service Editor
Brooklyn Park, MN USA   EN35hd

"Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit,
   you would stay out and your dog would go in."
    ---Mark Twain

On Fri, May 13, 2022 at 11:52 AM Phil Karn <karn@ka9q.net> wrote:
Last night I got the sad news that Franklin Antonio, N6NKF, one of the
founders of Qualcomm and my boss for most of my 20 years there, has
passed away.

In recent years he'd turned to philanthropy, giving $30M to the
University of California San Diego (UCSD) for a building named after
him. The dedication was just two days ago, and he didn't show up.

He'd also donated $3M to the Allen Telescope Array for a new broadband
antenna feed, but more importantly he had provided them with a lot of
engineering management and guidance that will be impossible to replace.

AMSAT members probably know him best as the author of the Instant Track
orbital tracking software that AMSAT sold for many years.



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