AMSAT-DC Workshop Date Options
by Kilroy, Patrick L. (GSFC-5680)
Here are the date options for our next local
AMSAT-DC Workshop, each one a Saturday.
If like last year, the session would start no
earlier than 9:00 AM:
Last year the workshop was held on the
last Saturday of April in Greenbelt, Md.
Each participant built a PICetSat II module
on a generic printed circuit board (an
"ETU" module) from a $90 kit. This year
the module will be assembled on a
custom printed circuit board (a "proto-
flight" unit) which would be MUCH
easier. The module transmits simple
telemetry on UHF from a small high-
altitude balloon using a popular
microcontroller PIC chip.
I would expect the same scenario for this
year, and possibly add an option for an
antenna construction project, but I
wanted to check first before locking in
the date and activity.
So, my questions are simple:
Would you attend our workshop to build
either a PICetSat II module kit OR a 432
MHz antenna? Which one would you
prefer to construct and take home?
Which of these dates noted above would
likely be good or bad for you to attend?
Can you, or someone you know, head
up the antenna-building part of the
workshop with me?
Any other questions? Please feel free to
contact me any time.
Pat Kilroy, N8PK
AMSAT Area Coordinator