Lotsa plannin' goin' on in these parts
for March and April . . .
I am preparing for the Greater Baltimore
Hamboree and Computerfest / ARRL Maryland
State Convention at the end of this month.
See the official web link above.
So far, I am flying pretty much solo, but
I have some big plans that I think can be
pulled off without much sweat.
You are invited to pass by to chat while
you are there. Or, if you are so moved,
you can join forces with me, regardless
whether or not you are an ARRL or AMSAT
member. (I could use a hand or two. ;-)
The basic plan:
I have TWO tables reserved for an AMSAT
booth in the Exhibition Hall, not far from
the main ARRL booth. I will set up there
in Timonium on Friday night, March 26,
so that we can hit the road "running" as
soon as the hamfest gates open to the
public on Saturday morning, March 27.
I have two one-hour forum slots to fill
on Sunday morning, March 28, for AMSAT.
I am working to get a visible AMSAT
official to start with a short talk (any
subject), and then I will backfill the
remaining time with a Microcontroller-
based simulated satellite project that
Amateur Radio beginners and long-time
experimenters will be sure to enjoy. My
segment will culminate with a small
balloon launch, not unlike what Bob
Bruninga, WB4APR, did years ago except
that the "flight modules" got smaller,
cheaper, more powerful(!) and expendable.
I will publicize a local AMSAT-DC Workshop
that will be held in Greenbelt in late
April like last year.
I welcome your advice and recommendations.
All things considered, the hamfest should
be lots of fun.
Mr. Patrick L. Kilroy
Integration & Test Manager
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Building 5, Mail Code 568
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771
Web: http://simsat.net/<http://patkilroy.com/simsat> (outreach)